Boudon's Theory of Cognitive Action - Between or Above Rational Choice Theory and Analytical Sociology?
It could be argued whether Boudon can be considered an analytical sociologist at all, since his model was developed almost without referring to analytical sociology. The usual common reason why Boudon should be placed in analytical camp is the concept of mechanism. This concept was more implicitly present in Boudon’s work, and certainly more elaborated in Boudon’s early work, than in his late “epistemological” phase. He was not so much interested in analytical sociology, although he was included as the author in publications on analytical sociology. Only in his late work, Boudon showed some interest in analytical sociology, openly criticizing its fundamentals as not very original. However, there are some links between Boudon and analytical sociology, especially the belief in “explanatory sociology” and value-neutral science, and presentation of the ideas in the form of an “epistemological manifest”.