A new edited volume, The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science and Democracy in the 20th Century, on the emergence of decision theory in twentieth-century social science may be of interest to AHP readers. The volume, edited by Daniel Bessner and Nicolas Guilhot, is described as follows:
In the decades following World War II, the science of decision-making moved from the periphery to the center of transatlantic thought. The Decisionist Imagination explores how “decisionism” emerged from its origins in prewar political theory to become an object of intense social scientific inquiry in the new intellectual and institutional landscapes of the postwar era. By bringing together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, this volume illuminates how theories of decision shaped numerous techno-scientific aspects of modern governance—helping to explain, in short, how we arrived at where we are today.
Introduction: Who Decides?
Daniel Bessner and Nicolas Guilhot
Chapter 1. Reading the International Mind: International Public Opinion in Early Twentieth Century Anglo-American Thought
Chapter 2. Militant Democracy as Decisionist Liberalism: Reason and power in the work of Karl Loewenstein
Carlo Invernizzi Accetti and Ian Zuckerman
Chapter 3. Parliamentary and Electoral Decisions as Political Acts
Chapter 4. Decision and Decisionism
Nomi Claire Lazar
Chapter 5. How Having Reasons became Making a Decision: The Cold War rise of decision theory and the invention of Rational Choice
Chapter 6. Computable Rationality, NUTS, and the Nuclear Leviathan
Chapter 7. The Unlikely Revolutionaries: Decision Sciences in the Soviet Government
Chapter 8. Prediction and social choice: Daniel Bell and future research
Chapter 9. Predictive Algorithms and Criminal Sentencing
Conclusion: The Myth of the Decision