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Published: 22 August 2002

144 Pages | 5 halftones, numerous figures


ISBN: 9780192803030

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Choice Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Allingham

Very Short Introductions

  • Lively and thought provoking book about the theory behind making decisions
  • Explores what it means to be rational, and what kind of criteria are we applying when we say that a choice is rational
  • Examines what it means to choose rationally in various settings: who to spend the rest of your life with, whether to undergo an operation if you are told that the mortality rate is 25 per cent, and whether to travel by air in the face of terrorist threats
  • Examines what strategies should be applied in making decisions which affect lots of people, including ways of electing politicians. Should a country develop a nuclear capability when it knows that others face the same choice? What are the relative advantages of 'first past the post' and proportional representation in elections?