Mind, Will, and Choice

James N. Druckman*, Arthur Lupia

*Corresponding author for this work

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7 Scopus citations


This article probes the role of mind, will, and choice in the domain of contextual political science. It argues that many questions about how context affects choice are better answered by focusing on the brain instead of the mind and explains that incorporating insights about brains and preferences into context-oriented research designs can provide greater clarity about how, when, and why factors such as time, place, language, and culture affect political choices. It also shows that non-cooperative game theory can be used very effectively to identify key causal attributes of important contextual variables relevant to political analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577185
ISBN (Print)0199270430, 9780199270439
StatePublished - Mar 16 2006


  • Brain
  • Choice
  • Contextual political science
  • Game theory
  • Mind
  • Political choices
  • Preferences
  • Will

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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