The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.
Chapter 11: Applied Game Theory: An Overview and First Thoughts on the Use of Game Theoretic Tools
Applied Game Theory: An Overview and First Thoughts on the Use of Game Theoretic Tools
In this chapter we put forward a framework for using game theory to study politics. In our view, the rigorous analysis of strategic interactions can make a number of contributions to our collective understanding of political phenomena. Game theory can be used to develop theoretical insights into how the structure of an interaction, the preferences of actors, the information available to different actors and some idea of purposeful choice combine to create forces that push politics toward certain outcomes, sometimes desirable and sometimes tragic. Game theory connects these fundamental elements of the political world through equilibrium (or steady state) analysis. This approach to theory building, at ...