Collective Choice I

Image depicts a lever-operated voting machine used in 2008 U.S. presidential elections.

A lever-operated voting machine in Millwood, New York. (Image courtesy of John C. Abell on Flickr.)


MIT Course Number

17.812J / 14.296J

As Taught In

Fall 2008



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Course Description

This is an applied theory course covering topics in the political economy of democratic countries. This course examines political institutions from a rational choice perspective. The now burgeoning rational choice literature on legislatures, bureaucracies, courts, and elections constitutes the chief focus. Some focus will be placed on institutions from a comparative and/or international perspective.

Snyder, James. 17.812J Collective Choice I, Fall 2008. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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