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Book review: cooperation without trust?: and rationality and the ideology of disconnection

Woodruff, David M. ORCID: 0000-0001-7503-8052 (2008) Book review: cooperation without trust?: and rationality and the ideology of disconnection. Perspectives on Politics, 6 (01). pp. 161-163. ISSN 1537-5927

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The two books under review differ sharply on the fruitfulness of rational choice theory. Karen Cook, Russell Hardin, and Margaret Levi posit that even trust is best understood as a product of rational, materialist calculations. On their “encapsulated interest” view, trust “exists when one party to [a] relation believes the other party has incentive to act in his or her interest or to take his or her interests to heart” (p. 2). But can incentives truly whisper to the heart? Michael Taylor decries the baleful consequences, both intellectual and practical, that stem from assimilating all reasoned decision making to the numerical weighing of material incentives and ignoring the role of heartfelt personal and moral commitments.

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Additional Information: © 2008 American Political Science Association
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 12:38
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 13:40

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