Homo Politicus - Towards a Theory of Political Action and Motivation

Boda, Zsolt (2013) Homo Politicus - Towards a Theory of Political Action and Motivation. World Political Science Review, 9 (1). pp. 71-96. ISSN ISSN (Online) 1935-6226, ISSN (Print) 2194-6248,

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The purpose of this paper is to sketch an anthropology for political studies. Political science relies extensively on behavioral models borrowed from economics (taking human action to be rational and self-interested), sociology (explaining behavior in terms of norm-abidance and conformity), or even psychology (seeing actors as being motivated by their emotions, neurosis etc.). Strikingly, political science has not endeavored to develop an anthropology for its own purposes. Does it mean that there are no motivational structures that are distinctively relevant to political action? The paper argues that this is not the case. In fact, there is a distinctive conception of a human actor present in political science, even if implicitly, i.e., the conception of an actor who aims at what she perceives to be the common good, and guides her behavior along the lines of collective rationality. The paper aims at providing the first steps towards laying the theoretical and empirical foundations of such a model.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science / politológia > JA Political science (General) / politológia általában
Depositing User: Veronika Tamás
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 14:34
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2014 14:35

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