- The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science
- About the Contributors
- It Depends
- Why and How Philosophy Matters
- The Socialization of Epistemology
- Political Ontology
- Mind, Will, and Choice
- Theory, Fact, and Logic
- Why and How Psychology Matters
- Motivation and Emotion
- Social Preferences, <i>Homo Economicus</i>, and <i>Zoon Politikon</i>
- Frames and Their Consequences
- Memory, Individual and Collective
- Why and How Ideas Matter
- Detecting Ideas and Their Effects
- How Previous Ideas Affect Later Ideas
- How Ideas Affect Actions
- Mistaken Ideas and Their Effects
- Why and How Culture Matters
- How to Detect Culture and Its Effects
- Race, Ethnicity, Religion
- Language, Its Stakes, and Its Effects
- The Idea of Political Culture
- Why and How History Matters
- Historical Knowledge and Evidence
- Historical Context and Path Dependence
- Does History Repeat?
- The Present as History
- Why and How Place Matters
- Detecting the Significance of Place
- Space, Place, and Time
- Spaces and Places as Sites and Objects of Politics
- Uses of Local Knowledge
- Why and How Population Matters
- The Politics of Demography
- Politics and Mass Immigration
- Population Change, Urbanization, and Political Consolidation
- Population Composition as an Object of Political Struggle
- Why and How Technology Matters
- The Gender Politics of Technology
- Military Technologies and Politics
- Technology as a Site and Object of Politics
- Duchamp's Urinal: Who Says What's Rational When Things Get Tough?
- The Behavioral Revolution and the Remaking of Comparative Politics
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article probes the role of mind, will, and choice in the domain of contextual political science. It argues that many questions about how context affects choice are better answered by focusing on the brain instead of the mind and explains that incorporating insights about brains and preferences into context-oriented research designs can provide greater clarity about how, when, and why factors such as time, place, language, and culture affect political choices. It also shows that non-cooperative game theory can be used very effectively to identify key causal attributes of important contextual variables relevant to political analysis.
James N. Druckman is Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University.
Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.
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