Rationality theorem This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Find sources: "Rationality theorem" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (December 2009) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) The rationality theorem is a theory introduced by political scientist Graham Allison in his book Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Allison defined the rationality theorem like this: There exists no pattern of activity for which an imaginative analyst cannot write a large number of objective functions such that the pattern of activity maximizes each function.
He used the theorem to attack any social science analysis that assumes a measure of rationality on the part of the actors.
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