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Rational Choice and British PoliticsAn Analysis of Rhetoric and Manipulation from Peel to Blair$
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Iain McLean

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295294.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Rational Choice and British Politics
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198295294.003.0001

Introduces basic concepts of social choice. Describes the median voter theorem for one issue dimension, and its chaotic failure in more than one. It explains what rhetoric and heresthetics are, also how veto games and credible commitments have operated in British politics since 1846. It introduces W.H. Riker's account of the triumph of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

Keywords:   chaos, credible commitments, heresthetics, issue dimensions, Abraham Lincoln, median voter, rhetoric, W. H. Riker, veto games, social choice

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