Strategies of Commitment and Other Essays, Paperback / softback Book

Strategies of Commitment and Other Essays Paperback / softback


All of the essays in this new collection by Thomas Schelling convey his unique perspective on individuals and society.

This perspective has several characteristics: it is strategic in that it assumes that an important part of people's behavior is motivated by the thought of influencing other people's expectations; it views the mind as being separable into two or more parts (rational/irrational; present-minded/future-minded); it is motivated by policy concerns--smoking and other addictions, global warming, segregation, nuclear war; and while it accepts many of the basic assumptions of economics--that people are forward-looking, rational decision makers, that resources are scarce, and that incentives are important--it is open to modifying them when appropriate, and open to the findings and insights of other social science disciplines. Schelling--a 2005 Nobel Prize winner-- has been one of the four or five most important social scientists of the past fifty years, and this collection shows why.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 360 pages, 32 line illustrations
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
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  • Category: Central government policies
  • ISBN: 9780674025677



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