Rational Choice Theory: Definition & Principles


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According to rational choice theory, social interaction is a matter of what?

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1. Joan prefers Earl Grey Tea to English Breakfast Tea but prefers English Breakfast Tea to Green Tea, which means she prefers Earl Grey Tea over Green Tea. What principle of rational choice theory does this demonstrate?

2. Which of the following is not an assumption of rational choice theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet seeks to test your knowledge of the principles of rational choice. Learn about the factors that affect the choices we make.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students using this quiz and worksheet can expect to be tested on:

  • Assumptions of rational choice theory
  • International relations in rational choice theory
  • Criticisms of rational choice theory

Skills Practiced

While taking this quiz/worksheet, students will be developing the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political science lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding social interaction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about criticisms of rational choice theory

Additional Learning

Want to know more this subject? Take a look at the lesson Rational Choice Theory: Definition & Principles. It will meet the following objectives:

  • Define rational choice theory
  • Define and explain the transitivity of preferences
  • Distinguish between assumptions and principles of rational choice theory
  • Understand criticisms of rational choice theory