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Anyone for a Warm Cup of Coffee?: How Politics can learn from Behavioural Economics


  • Eric Kaufmann

    1. Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth (Profile 2010), The Orange Order (Oxford 2007), The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America (Harvard 2004), co-editor of Political Demography (Oxford 2012) and Whither the Child (Paradigm 2012) as well as author or editor of three other books. He may be found on the web at
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Innovative psychology experiments and network models have radically undermined the once-popular ‘rational actor’ model of human behaviour. Can this new research improve the study of politics and the policies of academic departments, too?Eric Kaufmann examines the possibilities.