Rationality, Behaviour and Institutions

A.Y. 2017/2018
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course surveys approaches to and models of politics based on the rational-actor paradigm. The underlying assumption is that politics, like economics, may be described and understood in terms of rational, goal-seeking behaviour by individuals in various institutional contexts .
The course's main emphasis is on analysing political phenomena, not judging them. In other terms the course does not deal with the normative attractiveness of alternative political procedures and different policy outcomes . Nevertheless during the course, the clear-cut presentation of the intended and unintended consequences of the individual and collective political behaviours will allow the students to judge and formulate their normative conclusions .
The course aims also at improving the students' awareness that politics is mainly about strategic interaction, that institutions matter and that "irrational" and suboptimal collective outcomes are fully compatible with rational individuals.
At the end of the course students should be in condition to use the theoretical apparatus they have learned in order to read and interpret the historical and current political events.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Zucchini Francesco
Due to the health emergency, the office hours are suspended. It will be possible to contact me via Skype or telephone by appointment to be taken by email.
room 308, third floor, Dpt. Social and Political Sciences