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ARTICLESBounded Rationality and Political Science:Lessons from Public Administration andPublic PolicyBryan D. JonesUniversity of WashingtonABSTRACTBy 1958, a model of human behavior capable of serving as the microlevel foundation fororganizational and policy studies was in place. The scientific soundness of that model is unquestioned, yet the fundamentals of that behavioral model of choice have not yet been incorporated into political science. Much analysis relies on models of rational maximizationdespite the availability of a more scientifically sound behavioral base. In this article I examine the reasons for and ramifications of this neglect of sound science in political science,focusing primarily on public policy and public administration. While neither approach can layclaim to major successes in prediction, the behavioral model of choice predicts distributionsof organizational and policy outputs in a superior fashion.Most people who study politics and government care little about the fine details of thespecifics of human cognition; they are quite content to leave that to biologists, psychologists,and cognitive scientists. What they cannot escape, however, is the need for some firm foundation that can link human behavior to macropolitics. That foundation must fulfill three criteria: First, it must do no harm (it should not mislead); second, it must allow movement between individual-level processes and organizational processes in a more or less seamlessma

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