On Strategy and Rationality
The conclusion explores the role of psychology in social science theory, suggesting that it challenges the notion of a rational actor, while hugely complicating the search for a parsimonious and positivist account of strategic behaviour. It suggests that individual agency remains important in explaining the behavior of groups, even if structure inevitably constrains their choices. Lastly it suggests that, despite huge cultural variation through time, an understanding of our evolved psychological traits can contribute to accounts of strategy, including, as here, in the Vietnam War.
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