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Author Elster, Jon, 1940-

Title The cement of society : a study of social order / Jon Elster.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  305 ELST    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Studies in rationality and social change.
Studies in rationality and social change.
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [288]-308.
Summary The question addressed in this challenging new book is: What binds societies together and prevents them from disintegrating into chaos and war? Elster analyzes two concepts of social order: stable, predictable patterns of behavior, and cooperative behavior. The book examines various aspects of collective action and bargaining from the perspective of rational choice theory and the theory of social norms. It is a fundamental assumption of the book that social norms provide an important kind of motivation for action that is irreducible to rationality.
Subject Collective bargaining -- Sweden.
Rational expectations (Economic theory)
Social choice.
Social norms.
ISBN 0521376076 (paperback)