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Sociology and Political Science in dialogue on Rational Choice Theory and Applications

International workshop
Sociology and Political Science in dialogue on Rational Choice Theory and Applications

Co-organized by:
Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan
PhD Programme in Sociology and Political Studies, University of Turin
Collegio Carlo Alberto, Moncalieri, Torino

Sponsored by the International Sociological Association (RC45) with the support of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo

Venue: Collegio Carlo Alberto, Moncalieri (Turin, Italy)
Date: September 19-21 2013

Rational Actor approaches have enjoyed increasing interest both in sociology and in political science, thanks to recent theoretical and empirical developments. Experimental research has been largely encouraged by this approach and common theoretical perspectives have been shared in different disciplines of human behaviour and decision making. At the same time the concept of rationality has evolved in order to adhere to actual decisions of individual people, groups and collective behaviour. Models of rational actor have become softer and more complex. Relations between instrumental rationality and sentiments, selfishness and altruism, game theoretic assumption and cultural conditions have been experimentally checked, often bringing counter intuitive and even paradoxical results.
The aim of the conference is that of making scholars of both disciplines meet and discuss their approaches with the idea that a comparison between sociology and political science on the advancement of cutting g edge research activities can open new perspectives, suggest future research and be of mutual benefit for both.

The international workshop is devoted to PhD students and young researchers.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Paola Ghione (workshop.dss@unito.it) by May 31th, 2013.

Participants are asked to present a paper theoretical or empirical and will be selected according to:

1. the quality of their paper abstract (up to 500 words);
2. a brief CV (one page).

Notice of acceptance will be given by June 30th. Up to 12 participants will be admitted.

The workshop fee is 150 euro, which covers access to the workshop, coffee breaks and lunches, and accommodation in Turin. ISA members are exempted form fees.
Contributions to travel expenses are available for candidates from countries of cat. B and C of ISA.

Organizing Committee: Filippo Barbera (University of Turin, Italy), Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo (University of Malaga, Spain), Antonio Chiesi (University of Milan, Italy), Fabio Franchino (University of Milan, Italy), Yoshimichi Sato (Tohoku University, Japan), Hanno Scholtz (University of Konstanz, Switzerland), Rafael Wittek (University of Groningen, Netherlands).

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