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Scandinavian rational choice sociology

  • Christofer Edling
  • C. Stern
Publishing year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 5-16
Publication/Series: Acta Sociologica
Volume: 46
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Additional info: 1

Abstract english

The present status of rational choice sociology in Scandinavia is discussed in the form of a review, examining representative work and highlighting important scholars. Despite a reputation of having a strong Scandinavian rational choice tradition, rational choice sociology is practically non-existent in Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Rational choice sociology in Scandinavia is by-and-large concentrated in Oslo and Stockholm universities, where insightful discussions and relevant applications are found. but not in impressive numbers.


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • behavior
  • impact
  • model
  • norms
  • institutions
  • sociology
  • sociologi
  • welfare-state
  • network analysis
  • quantitative-analysis
  • collective-action
  • socially embedded games
  • rational action
  • model of man
  • methodological individualism
  • intentional action
  • action theory
  • embeddedness


  • ISSN: 0001-6993
Christofer Edling
E-mail: christofer [dot] edling [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


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Centre for Economic Demography




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I earned my PhD from Stockholm University in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 I was Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University. I received my Docent-title in 2003, and was appointed Associate Professor at Stockholm University in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Sociology at Stockholm university. Before coming to Lund in 2012 I served as Full Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. I have been a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004/05) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013).

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