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Pontificating About Moe's Pontifications


B. Dan Wood is a professor and Cornerstone Fellow of the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. His recent books include The Myth of Presidential Representation and The Politics of Economic Leadership.


This commentary on Terry Moe's review essay discusses the advantages and limitations of rational choice as an explanatory theory of presidential behavior. It also cautions against the view that rational choice is, or should be, the dominant paradigm for presidential studies.