Articles by Jon Elster



This is a list of various articles, reviews and other works by Jon Elster. The source format is as follows: journal [volume number (issue number):start page-end page]
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2000

Rational choice history: A case of excessive ambition
AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW
Vol. 94, Nr. 3, Sep 2000, pp. 685-695

1999

Reason, interest and passion in the East European transitions
SOCIAL SCIENCE INFORMATION SUR LES SCIENCES SOCIALES
Vol. 38, Nr. 4, Des 1999, pp. 499-519

Tocqueville in English
ARCHIVES EUROPEENNES DE SOCIOLOGIE
Vol. 40, Nr. 1, 1999, pp. 148--.

1998

A plea for mechanisms
ch. 3 (pp. 45-73) in Peter Hedstrøm and Richard Swedberg (eds.) (1998): Social Mechanisms: An Analytical Approach to Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (text)

Accountability in Athenian politics
In B. Manin, A. Przeworski and S. Stokes (eds.) (1998): Democracy, Accountability and Representation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Coming to terms with the past. A framework for the study of justice in the transition to democracy
European Journal of Sociology (Arch. europ. sociol.) (1998) [39 (1):7-48]

Constitutional Politics in Eastern Europe
(with Ulrich K. Preuss)
ch. 3 (pp. 63-108) in Jon Elster, Claus Offe and Ulirich K. Preuss (1998): Intitutional Design in Post-communist Societies: Rebuilding the Ship at Open Sea. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Deliberation and Constitution Making
ch. 3 (pp. 97-122) in Jon Elster (ed.) (1998): Deliberative Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Emotions and Economic Theory
Economic Journal (March 1998) [36 (2):47-74]

Gambling and Addiction
In J. Elster and O.J. Skog (eds.) (1998): Getting Hooked: rationality and Addictions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rationality, economy, and society
In S. Turner (ed.) (1998): The Cambridge Companion to Weber. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1997

Alchemies of the Mind: Transmutation and Misrepresentation
Legal Theory (June 1997) [3:133-176]

More Than Enough: Accounting for Tastes
The University of Chicago Law Review (Spring 1997) [64 (2):749-764] (text)

1996
Doing our level best
The Times Literary Supplement [29. March: 12-13] (text)

The Role of Institutional Interest in East European Constitution-Making
Explaining legislative dominence
East European Constitutional Review (Winter 1996) [5 (6):63-65] (text)

Ways of constitution-making
in Axel Hadenius, ed., Triumph and Crisis of Democracy, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press

Rationality and the emotions
Economic Journal (September 1996) [106 (438):1386-1397] (text)

Review of Timar Kuran, Private Truths, Public Lies
Acta Sociologica (1996) [39 (1):112-115] (text)

Montaigne's psychology
forthcoming in The Great Ideas Today (1996)

1995
Consenting adults or the sorcerer's apprentice?
East European Constitutional Review (1995) [4(1): 36-41]

Executive-legislative Relations in three French constitution-making episodes
in Revolusjon og Resonnement (1995), Oslo: Norwegian University Press, pp. 67-99.

Equal or proportional? Arguing and bargaining over the Senate at the Federal Convention
in J. Knight and I. Sened (1995), eds., Explaining Social Institutions, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp.145-60 (related text)

Forces and mechanisms in the constitution-making process
Duke Law Review (November 1995) [45:364-96]

Limiting majority rule: Alternatives to judicial review in the revolutionary epoch
in Eivind Smith (1995), ed., Constitutional Justice under Old Constitutions, The Hague: Kluwer, pp. 3-21

Miscalculations in the design of the East European Presidencies
East European Constitutional Review (Winter 1994) [2 (4):95-98]

Strategic uses of argument
in Kenneth J. Arrow et al. (1995), eds., Barriers to the Negotiated Resolution of Conflict, New York: Norton, pp.236-57

The empirical study of justice
in D. Miller and M. Walzer (1995), eds., Pluralism, Justice and Equality, Oxford University Press, pp. 81-98 (text)

The idea of equality revisited
in J. Altham and R. Harrison (1995), eds., World, Mind, and Ethics: a Festschrift for Bernard Williams, Cambridge University Press, pp. 4-18 (text)

The impact of constitutions on economic performance
Proceedings of the Annual World Bank Conference on Economic Development (1995), Washington: The World Bank, pp. 209-226

Transition, constitution-making and separation in Czechoslovakia
European Journal of Sociology/Archives Europennes de Sociologie (1995) [36 (1):105-134] (text)

1994
Bargaining over the presidency
East European Constitutional Review (1993/94)[2(4)/3(1) : 95-98]

Constitutional Courts and Central Banks: Suicide prevention or suicide pacts?
East European Constitutional Review (Summer 1994) [3 (3/4):66-]

Rationality, emotions and social norms
Synthese (1994) [98 (1):21-49]

The psychology of Democracy in America
in The Great Ideas Today, Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, p. 87-126.

1993
A third way?
East European Constitutional Review [2 (1):38-?] (text)

Constitution-making in Eastern-Europe: Rebuilding the Boat in Open Sea
Public Administration (Spring-Summer 1993) [71 (1-2): 169-217]

Constitutional bootstrapping in Philadelphia and Paris
Cardozo Law Review (January 1993) [14 (3/4):549-575] (related text)

Egonomics: The economics of personal conflict.
in The Great Ideas Today (1993), Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica 1993, pp. 87-135

Ethical individualism and presentism
The Monist (July 1993) [76 (3):333-348]

Fullness and parsimony: Notes on creativity in the arts
in Salim Kemal and Ivan Gaskell (1993), eds., Explanation and Value in the Arts, New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 146-172

Justice and the allocation of scarce resources
in Barbara A. Mellers and Jonatahan.Baron (1993), eds., Psychological Perspectives on Justice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 259-78

Majority rule and individual rights
in Susan Hurley and Stephen Shute (1993), eds., On Human Rights, Basic Books, pp.175-216 , 249-56

Some unresolved problems in the theory of rational behaviour
Acta Sociologica (September 1993) [36 (3): 179-190] (abstract) | (text)

The Empirical Study of Justice
In M.M. Karlsson, O.P. Johnsson and E.M. Brynjarsdottir (1993), eds., Law, Justice and the State: Studies in Justice, Democracy, Nationality, National States, and Supra-National States from the Standpoints of Legal Theory, Social Philosophy, and Social Science, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 157-168

Why things don't happen as planned
in N.Åkerman (1993), ed., The Necessity of Friction, Heidelberg: Physica Verlag, pp. 248-56. (text)

1992
Conventions, creativity, orginality
in Hjort, Mette (1992), ed., Rules and Conventions: Literature, Philosophy, and Social Theory, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, pp. 32-44

Intertemporal choice and political thought
in J. Elster and G. Loewenstein (1992), eds., Choice over time, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, pp. 35-56

John Roemer
in Warren J. Samuels (1992), ed., New Horizons in Economic Thought (Appraisals of Leading Economists), Aldershot: Edward Elgar, pp. 249-264

Making sense of constitution-making
East European Constitutional Review (Spring 1992) [1 (1):15-?] (text)

On doing what one can: An argument against restituation and retribution as a means of overcoming the Communist legacy
East European Constitutional Review (Summer 1992) [1 (2):15-?] (text)

On majoritarianism and rights
East European Constitutional Review (Fall 1992) [1 (3):19-?] (text)

Utility from memory and anticipation
(with George Loewenstein)
in J. Elster and G. Loewenstein (1992), eds., Choice over Time, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, pp. 213-234

1991
Arguing and Bargaining in the Federal Convention and the Assemblee Constituante
Occasional papers from the Law School, the University of Chicago. Working Paper, Center for the Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe, 4. Chicago, Ill.: Center for Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe, School of Law, University of Chicago, 1991. 34pp.

Chinese leaps
Review of J. Spence (1990), The Search for Modern China and J. Gray (1990), Rebellions and Revolutions: China from 1880 to the 1980s
London Review of Books (April 25, 1991) [13 (8):9-9] (text)

Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe: An introduction
University of Chicago Law Review (Spring 1991) [58 (2):447-482]

Envy in social life
in Richard J. Zeckhauser (1991), ed., Strategy and Choices, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 49-82

Local justice
European Economic Review (April 1991) [35 (2-3):273-291]

Local justice and interpersonal comparisons
in J. Elster and J. Roemer (1991), eds., Interpersonal comparisons of well-being, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Patterns of causal analysis in Tocqueville's Democracy in America
Rationality and Society (July 1991) [3 (3):277-297]

Rationality and social norms
European Journal of Sociology/Archives Europeennes de Sociologie (1991) [32 (1):109-129]

1990
Desires and opportunities: Tocqueville's political psychology
printed as the Tenth Duijker Lecture, Deventer, Netherlands: Van Loghum Slaterus, 1990

Local justice
European Journal of Sociology/Archives Europeennes de Sociologie (1990) [31 (1):117-140]

Marxism and Methodological Individualism
Translation by John Gaffney of "Marxisme et individualisme ..." (1986)
In Pierre Birnbaum and Jean Laca (1990), eds., Individualism: Theories and Methods, Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 46-61

Merton's functionalism and the unintended consequences of action
in Jon Clark, Celia Modgil and Sohan Modgil (1990), eds., Robert Merton: Consensus and Controversy, London New York: Falmer Press, pp.129-35. (text)

Norms of revenge
Ethics (July 1990) [100 (4):862-885]

Self-interest and altruism
in Jane Mansbridge (1990), ed., Against Self-interest, University of Chicago Press

Utility, duty and fairness
in Hans Carlsson and Bo Larsson (1990), eds., Problems of the Mixed Economy: Cooperation, Efficiency, and Stability, Amsterdam: North-Holland, pp. 23-52.

When Communism dissolves
London Review of Books (January 25, 1990) [12 (2):3-6] (text)

When Rationality Fails
In Karen Schweers Cook and Margaret Levi (1990), eds., The Limits of Rationality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 19-51

1989
From here to there; or, If cooperative ownership is so desirable, why are there so few Cooperatives?
Social Philosophy and Policy (Spring 1989) [6 (2):93-111]

Introduction
in J. Elster and K. O. Moene (1989), eds., Alternatives to Capitalism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.1-35

Marxism and individualism
in Marcelo Dascal and Ora Gruengard (1989), eds., Knowledge and Politics, Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, pp. 189-206

Rationality and social norms
in R. Hilpinen (1989), ed., Proceedings of the Eight International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, North-Holland

Social norms and economic theory
Journal of Economic Perspectives (Fall 1989) [3 (4):99-117] (text)

The Possibility of Rational Politics
In David Held and John B. Thompson (1989), eds., Social Theory of Modern Societies: Anthony Giddens and His Critics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.115-142

Wage bargaining and social norms
Acta Sociologica (June 1989) [32 (2):113-136]

When rationality fails
in K.Cook and M. Levi (1989), eds., Limits of Rationality, University of Chicago Press.

1988
Arguments for constitutional choice: Reflections on the transition to socialism
in J. Elster and R. Slagstad (1988), eds., Constitutionalism and Democracy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 303-326

Consequences of constitutional choice: Reflections on Tocqueville
in J. Elster and R. Slagstad (1988), eds., Constitutionalism and Democracy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 81-102

Custody by the toss of a coin
Social Science Information (December 1988) [27 (4):517-535]

Economic order and social norms
Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (April 1988) [144 (2):357-366]

Is there (or should there be) a right to work?
in A. Guttman (1988), ed., Democracy and the welfare state, Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, pp. 53-78

Jon Elster goes to China
London Review of Books (October 27, 1988) [10 (19):7-9] (text)

Marx, revolution and rational choice
in M. Taylor (1988), ed., Rationality and Revolution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 206-228

Taming chance: Randomization in individual and social decisions
in S. McMurrin (1988), ed., The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, vol.IX, Utah University Press, pp. 105-80

1987
Comments on van der Veen and Van Parijs
Theory and Society (1987) [15:709-722] (text)

Solomonic Judgments:Against the best interest of the child
University of Chicago Law Review (Winter 1987) [54 (1):1-45]

The possibility of rational politics
European Journal of Sociology/Archives Européennes de Sociologie (1987) [28 (1):67-103]

1986
A capitalist road to communism - a comment
Theory and Society [15 (5):709-721]

Comments on Krouse and McPherson's "A `Mixed'-property Regime"
Ethics (October 1986) [97 (1):146-153]

Deception and self-deception in Stendhal
in J. Elster (1986), ed., The Multiple Self, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 93-113

Further thoughts on Marxism, Functionalism and Game Theory
in John Roemer (1986), Analytical Marxism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 202-220

Introduction
in J. Elster (1986), ed., The Multiple Self, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-34

Introduction
in J. Elster and A. Hylland (1986), eds., Foundations of Social Choice Theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-10

Introduction
in J. Elster (1986), Rational Choice, Oxford: Blackwell Publisher, pp. 1-33

Reply to Comments on Making Sense of Marx
Inquiry (March 1986) [29 (1):65-77] (abstract) | (text)

Self-realization in work and politics: The Marxist conception of the good life
Social Philosophy and Policy (Spring 1986) [3 (2):97-126]

The market and the forum: Three varieties of political theory
in J. Elster and A. Hylland (1986), eds., Foundations of Social Choice Theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 103-132

The possibility of rational politics
Critica (December 1986) [18 (54):17-62]

The theory of combined and uneven development: A critique
in J. Roemer (1986), Analytical Marxism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 54-63

Three challenges to class
in J. Roemer (1986), Analytical Marxism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 141-161

1985
Choice and consequence:
Review of Thomas C. Schelling, Perspectives of an errant economist
Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization (March 1985) [6 (1):89-92]

Rationality, morality and collective action
Ethics (October 1985) [96 (1):136-155]

Sadder but wiser: Rationality and the emotions
Social Science Information (June 1985) [24 (2):375-406]

Second-decimal arguments
Review of R. Wollheim (1985), The Thread of Life
London Review of Books (May 23, 1985) [9: 6-7]

The nature and scope of rational-choice explanations
in Ernest LePore and Brian P. McLaughlin (1985), eds., Actions and Events: Perspectives on the philosophy of Donald Davidson, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 60-72. (text)

Weakness of will and the free-rider problem
Economics and Philosophy (October 1985) [1 (2):231-265]

1984
Active and passive negation
in P. Watzlawick (1984), ed., The Invented Reality, New York: Norton, pp. 174-205

Historical materialism and economic backwardness
in Terence Ball and James Farr (1984), After Marx, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 36-58

Managing to deceive ourselves
Review of David Pears, Motivated irrationality, Oxford: Claredon Press
The Times Literary Supplement (November 30, 1984) [no. 4261: 1388-1388] (text)

Socialism
Review of J. Dunn (1984), The Politics of Socialism: An Essay in Political Theory
London Review of Books (November 15, 1984 - December 5, 1984) [6 (21):10-10] (text)

The contradictions of modern societies
Review of M. Olson (1982), The Rise and Decline of Nations
Government and Opposition (Summer 1984) [19 (3):304-311]

1983
Deception and self-deception in Stendhal
in Peregrine Horden (1983), ed., The Novelist as Philosopher, Oxford: All Souls College, pp. 37-53

Exploitation, freedom and justice
Nomos [26:277-304]

Nobody at home
Review of S. Collins (1982), Selfless Persons: Imagery and Thought in Theravada Buddism and S-C. Kolm (1983), Le Bonheur-Liberté: Bouddhisme Profound et Modernité
London Review of Books (June 2-15, 1983) [5 (10):9-11]

One hundred years of Marxist social science
London Review of Books (June 16-July 6, 1983) [5 (11)8-10]

Reply to Comments
Reply to Comments on Elster's article "Marxism, functionalism and game theory"
Theory and Society (1983) [12 (1):111-120] (text)

Rules of the game
Review of R. Aron, Mémoires and R. Aron (translated by N. Stone and C. Booker), Clausewitz: Philosopher of War and M. Howard, Clausewitz
London Review of Books (December 22, 1983 - January 18, 1984) [5 (24):6-7]

The crisis in economic theory
Review of R. Nelson and S. Winter (1982), An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change and J. Roemer (1982), A General Theory of Exploitation and Class
London Review of Books [4 (9):5-7] (text)

Max Weber as a critical theorists - Reply
Theory and Society [12 (1):111-120]

1982
A Paradigm for the social sciences?
Review of Philippe van Parijs (1981), Evolutionary explanation in the social sciences
Inquiry (September 1982) [25:378-385]

Belief, bias and ideology
in M. Hollis and S. Lukes (1982), eds., Rationality and Relativism, Cambridge: MIT Press, pp.123-148

Marxism, functionalism and game theory: The case for methodological individualism
Theory and Society (July 1982) [11 (4):453-482] (text)

Marxismo
Review of A. Gilbert (1981), Marx's Politics, E. Hobsbawm (1982), The History of Marxism, R. Jacoby (1982), The Dialectics of Defeat, J. Roemer (1981), Analytical Foundations of Marxian Economic Theory and A. Wood (1981), Karl Marx
London Review of Books (March 18-31 1982) [4 (5):6-8]

Rationality
in Guttorm Fløistad (1982), ed., Contemporary Philosophy (vol. II), Boston: Nijhoff . pp. 111-132

Roemer versus Roemer
A comment on "New Directions in the Marxian Theory of Exploitation and Class"
See John E. Roemer's "New Directions in the Marxian Theory of Exploitation and Class," pp. 253-287 in the same issue.
Politics and Society (1982) [11 (3):363-373]

Slaves and citizens
Review of M. I. Finley (1980), Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology; M. I. Finley (1981), Economy and Society in Ancient Greece; M. I. Finley (1981), eds, The Legacy of Greece: A New Appraisal
London Review of Books (June 3-16, 1982) [4 (10):16-18] (text)

Sour grapes: Utilitarianism and the genesis of wants
in Amartya Sen and Bernard Williams (1982), eds., Utilitarianism and Beyond, London: Cambridge University Press, pp. 219-238

Trespasser
Review of A. Hirschman (1981), Essays in Trespassing: Economics to Politics and Beyond and by the same author (1982), Shifting Involvements: Private Interests and Public Action
London Review of Books (September 16-October 6, 1982) [4 (17):8-10]

1981
"Introduction" to Kolm (1981) and van der Veen (1981)
Social Science Information (1981) [20 (2):287-292]

Clearing the Decks
Review of Main Currents of Marxism by L. Kolakowski
Ethics (July 1981) [91 (4):634-644]

Review of Cohen
Annales (1981) [36:745-757]

Snobs
Review of Pierre Bourdieu (1979), La Distinction
London Review of Books (November 5, 1981) [3 (20):10-12] (text)

States that are essentially by-products
Social Science Information (1981) [20 (3):431-473]

Why bother about politics
Review of J. Dunn (1980), Political Obligation in its Historical Context
London Review of Books (February 5-18, 1981) [3 (2):8-8] (text)

1980
Cohen on Marx's Theory of History
Review of G. A. Cohen (1980), Karl Marx's Theory of History: A Defense
Political Studies (1980) [28 (1):121-128] (text)

Irrational politics
London Review of Books (August 21-September 3, 1980), [2 (16):11-13]

Reply to Brian Barry
(The treatment of counterfactuals)
Political Studies (1980) [28 (1):143-147]

Reply to comments
(symposium on Logic and Society)
Inquiry (1980) [23 (2):213-232]

1979
Risk, uncertainty and nuclear power
Social Science Information (1979) [18 (3):371-400]

Anomalies of rationality
in Louis Lévy-Garboua (1979), ed., Sociological Economics, London: Sage, p. 65-85

1978
Exploring exploitation
Journal of Peace Research (1978) [15 (1):3-18]

The labour theory of value: A reinterpretation of Marxist Economics
Marxist Perspectives (Fall 1978) [1 (3):70-101]

1977
Ulysses and the Sirens: A theory of imperfect rationality
Social Science Information (1977) [16 (5):469-526]

1976
A note on hysteresis in the social sciences
Critical Notice of Nichloas Georgescu-Roegen's The Entropy Law and the Economic Process
Synthese (September 1976), [33:371-391]

Boudon, education and the theory of games
Social Science Information (1976) [15 (4-5):733-774]

Some conceptual problems in political theory
in B. Barry (1976), ed., Power and Political Theory, Chichester: Wiley, p. 245-270

1975
Review of F. Sejersted
(two Norwegian books: Ideal, Theory and Reality: Nikolai Rygg and the monetary policy of the 1920's and A Historical Introduction to Economics)
Economic History Review (May 1975) [28 (2):360-61]

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Articles by Jon Elster (non-english)



1994
Argumenter et négocier dans deux assemblées constituantes
French translation by Jean-François Baillon of Elster (1991) Arguing and Bargaining in the Federal Convention and the Assemblee Constituante
Revue Française de Science Politique (April 1994) [44:187-256]

1993
Argomentare e negoziare. Lo Spirito del tempo
11. Milan: Anabasi, 1993
(Italian translation by Gianni Rigamonti of Elster (1991) Arguing and Bargaining in the Federal Convention and the Assemblee Constituante

Et notat om funksjonalisme i sosiologi og formgivning
Årbok, Foreningen til norske fortidsminnesmerkers bevaring [146:59-64]

1992
Arguing and bargaining on strategic use of communicative behaviour
(in Norwegian)
Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning [33 (2) 115-132] (related text)

1991
Kommunismens oppløsning
Aftenposten [21. Feb.:45-46]. Også i London Review of Books, 1990 [6:3-4]

1990
Høyre eller venstre
Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift [7(2):122-131]

Lokal rettferdighet
Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift [7(4):325-337]

Lokal rettferdighet
Hvordan institusjoner fordeler knappe goder
Årbok til det Norske videnskapsakademi [11-27]

The theory of decision-making
(in Italian)
Enciclopedia Italiana

1987
Esiste (o dovrebbe esistere) un diritto al lavoro?
Stato e Mercato (April 1987) [3-41]
Translation by Alba Scardino of Elster (1988) "Is There (or Should There be) a Right to Work?"

1986
Marxisme et individualisme méthodologique
in Pierre Birbaum (1986), ed., Sur l'individualisme: théories et méthodes, New edition. References, 27. Paris: Presses de la Fondation nationale des sciences politiques, pp. 60-72.

1985
Drei Kritiken am Klassenbegriff
In Niklas Luhmann (1985), ed., Soziale Differenzierung: zur Geschichte einer Idee. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag

Eilert Sundt som økonomisk teoretiker
Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift [2:45-54]. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og Politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

1984
Demokratiets verdigrunnlag og verdikonflikter
i Det norske Videnskaps-Akademi, Årbok 1984, s. 50-66. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og Politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

Hundre års Marxistisk samfunnsforskning
Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift [1:59-68]. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og Politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

Skeptiske tanker om samfunnsplanlegging
Forskning og framtid [3:27-36]. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og Politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

Tolkning - kunst eller vitenskap?
Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift [2:52-62]. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og Politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

1983
Offentlighet og deltagelse
To teorier om deltagerdemokratiet
i Trond Berg (1983), ed., Deltagerdemokratiet, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, s. 13-29. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og Politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

Marx et Leibniz
Revue philosophique de la France et de l'Etranger(April-June 1983) [176:167-177]

1981
Grunnforskning i humanistiske fag
Det norske Videnskaps-Akademi, Årbok 1981 [169-174]. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og Politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

Un Marxisme anglais: A propos d'une nouvelle interprétation du matérialisme historique
Annales-Economies, Sociétés, Civilisations (September-October 1981) [36:745-757]

1980
Négation active et négation passive: Essai de de sociologie Ivanniene
(Active negation and passive negation: Essay on Ivanian Sociology)
European Journal of Sociology/Archives Europeennes de Sociologie [21 (2):329-349]

Un historien devant l'irrationel: lecture de Paul Veyne
(Historian faced with irrationality - lecture of Paul Veyne)
Social Science Information [19 (4-5):773-804]

1979
Metoder og prinsipper i hermeneutisk forskningstradisjon
Nordisk psykiatrisk tidsskrift [3:135-149]. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og Politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

1978
Demokrati og rasjonalitet
Samtiden [87 (8):481-491]

Kjernekraft
In Riskvardering: underlagsrapporter till rapport om miljoeffekter och vid utnyttjande av energi fran Expertgruppen for sakerhet och miljo Stockholm: Industridepartementet, Energikommissionen, 1978

1977
Statens rolle i Marxistisk teori
En vitenskapsteoretisk analyse
Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning [18:92-118]. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og Politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

Tilsvar til Karl Egil Auber
(Til Aubers kritikk av Elsters behandling av Zenons paradokser)
Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift (1977) [12 (3):217-217]

Critique des analogies socio-biologiques:
Plaidoyer pour l'autonomie des sciences

Revue Française de Sociologie (July-September 1977) [18 (3):369-96]

1976
Marx om forbrytelse og rettsvesen
i A. Bratholm and N.C. Sundbye (1976), ed., Kritisk juss, Oslo: Pax

Teoretiske problemer ved forklaring av historisk endring
i Sivert Langholm (1976), red., Historisk förëndring, Oslo, Universitetsforlaget. Også i J. Elster (1989), Vitenskap og politikk, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

Vitenskapsteori
Samtiden [85 (2):116-128]

1973
Filosofi og naturvitenskap hos Leibniz
Samtiden [82 (2):92-104]

Sosiologi og biologi i det 19århundre
Fra vitenskapshistoriens redselskabinett
Samtiden [82 (6):373-384]

1972
Phänomenologie des Geistes: Forarbeider til en kommentar
Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift (1972) [7:161-196]

1971
Den siste filosof
Ved 200-Årsdagen for G. W. F. Hegels fødsel
Samtiden [80 (6):381-392]

En hund kan ikke sikle ironisk
Om Noam Chomsky lingvistiske teorier
Samtiden [80 (10):614-629]

1967
Hegels Verdensånd
En begrepsanalyse
Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift. Også i J. Elster (1969), Essays om Hegel og Marx, Oslo: Pax

Wittgenstein og Merleau-Ponty
Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift

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Recommended


Three favorites
If I had to recommend only three articles by Elster I would choose the following:

1. "The possibility of rational politics" [European Journal of Sociology/Archives Européennes de Sociologie (1987) 28 (1):67-103].
In a way I am sentimentally attached to this article since it was one of the first articles I read by Elster. The article is at the same time rigorous, easy to understand and full of implications for real life policy formation. If you can't find this article, a good alternative would be "Patterns of causal analysis in Tocqueville's Democracy in America" [Rationality and Society (1990) 3:277-297].

2. "Marxism, Functionalism and Game Theory" [Theory and Society (1982) 11(4):453-482].
This is without doubt one of Elster's main articles. It is carefully researched and controversial. You should not be scared by the term "Marxism" in the title since his arguments about methodology are relevant to the social sciences in general. An easier alternative to this article is "One Hundred Years of Marxist Social Science" London Review of Books (1983), 5 (11):8-10. However, as one can see from the number of pages, this article does not cover the material in the same degree of detail.

3. "Ethical Individualism and Presentism" [The Monist (1993) 76 (3): 333-348]. Once again this is an article which is rigorous, easy to understand, controversial and highly relevant. The article goes right to the heart of the debate about preferential treatment based on colour or gender, but it does not do so in a heated or emotional tone. If you can't get the journal, you should read the chapters in Local Justice which discusses the same issues.

More recommended articles
Of the other articles I would highlight:
Risk, uncertainty and nuclear power [Social Science Information (1979) 18:371-400]

From here to there: If cooperative ownership is so dersirable, why are there so few cooperatives [Social Philosophy and Policy (1989) 6 (2):93-111]

Some unresolved problems in the theory of rational behaviour [Acta Sociologica (1993) 36 (3):179-190]

Self-realization in work and politics: The Marxist conception of the good life
Social Philosophy and Policy [3 (2):97-126]

Advice
I tried to create a list of recommended articles listed according to their main content, but this proved both impossible and redundant. It is impossible because Elster's articles are usually multidisciplinary (or more accurately: non-disciplinary). For example, "Marxism, Functionalism and Game Theory" could be classified under "Marxism", "The philosophy of the social sciences" and "Decision theory." Such classification is also redundant since the title, which is included in the database, indicates the main question dealt with in the article (but not the various intellectual tools used to answer the question). Hence, if you are interested in rationality you might simply search for "rationality" in the list of articles.

The reader should be aware that behind some of the somewhat boring or obscure titles, there is often a wealth of rich insights with relevance beyond the question dealt with in the article. For example, you should not be afraid of the articles on Marxism. Elster's work in this area is never dogmatic and always relevant beyond Marxist theory.


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