Rationality, Behaviour and Institutions

A.Y. 2019/2020
Lesson for
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/04
Language
English
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.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Responsible
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Zucchini Francesco
Lesson period
Second trimester
Lesson period
Second trimester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Professor(s)
Reception:
Thursday 10.00-13.00. 25th July office hours are suspended. Last office hours before summer holidays will take place 1st August. Office hours will start again 19th September.
room 308, third floor, Dpt. Social and Political Sciences