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Rational choice is a person's ability to make assumptions about the consequences of their potential actions and to use Véronique Irwin
this information to choose the best possible course of action. A theory of rational choice accounts for the possibility of a
poor decision if there is incomplete information and also implies that sociology has taken a turn towards a more
methodologically individualistic approach.
Jon Ester is most concerned about the various reasons that influence our decisions of action. Friedman is cares about the Brandyn Curry
role of assumptions in theory and the ambiguity about the concept of assumptions. Cole argues that purposive action of
actions is actually the backbone of sociological theory. March and Simon care about optimizations and alternative
actions in rationality. Becker is concerned with using the economic approach as a way to understand individual rational
One thing that seemed to be common among all the rational choice theorists was a focus on the individual. When social Keri Hartman
factors come into the analysis, they appear more as constraints that individuals take into account when they do their
individual calculus to determine their course of action.
Option Ration Choice #3. Rational Choice is very useful for understanding individual action, as one is able to see how Chase
individuals process information and come to a usually "Satisfactory" conclusion, usually through some gauge of utility. It
doesn't account for nonrational decisions, the influences of groups/group action (rational choice deals w/ the individual),
and doesn't account for a world with warm and fuzzy feelings (like Weber feared somewhat.)
A consistency about the methodologies and assumptions about rational choice theorists includes achieving the best Yaa
possible outcome through what the individual solely believes is the best end result which includes weighing the
alternatives. Rational choice relies on the individual, yet outside individuals and opportunities influence him, and
external factors which he cannot control (e.g. time) act as constraints.
Different rational choice theorists seem to agree that rational choice theory is consequence based, meaning people Martin Kessler
choose how to act based on the perceived consequences of their actions. The theorists also seem to agree that there is
a tradeoff between acquiring all possible information before making a decision and the costs (mainly time) of gathering
The theorists for this week agree that rational choice begins at the individual level, although Becker and Coleman are Jamie Song
also concerned, to varying degrees, with how micro level rational choice affects macro level patterns of behavior.
Rational Choice is much more than just weighing out what decision will have the best outcome. There is much more to Addy
be said about preference and how we value things that dictate the decisions we make. This behavior can be seen both
economically and social through most of theorists we've read this week.