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The Glass Bead Game: Testing Game‐Theoretic Models of Politics

Hugh Ward

in Research Strategies in the Social Sciences

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198292371
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292376.003.0010
 The Glass Bead Game: Testing Game‐Theoretic Models of Politics

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A summary explanation of rational choice theory, and its development in game theory, as a challenge to conventional social science theories. The example, demonstrating its application to the campaign strategies of political parties, highlights the particular strength of rational choice approaches in throwing up non‐intuitive but empirically testable propositions.

Keywords: campaign strategy; Conservative Party; equilibrium; falsification; game theory; political parties; rational choice theory

Chapter.  13570 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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