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Strategy and Politics - An Introduction to Game Theory (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Emerson Niou, Peter C. Ordeshook Strategy and Politics - An Introduction to Game Theory (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Emerson Niou, Peter C. Ordeshook
R1,843 Discovery Miles 18 430 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Positive Political Theory Primer is designed to introduce students to the application of game theory to modeling political processes. This accessible text covers the essential aspects of game theory while keeping the reader constantly in touch with why political science as a whole would benefit from considering this method. Examining the very phenomena that power political machineries--elections, legislative and committee processes, and international conflict, the book attempts to answer fundamental questions about their nature and function in a clear, accessible manner. Included at the end of each chapter is a set of exercises designed to allow students to practice the construction and analysis of political models. Although the text assumes only an elementary-level training in algebra, students who complete a course around this text will be equipped to read nearly all of the professional literature that makes use of game theoretic analysis. Each chapter also contains suggestions for further reading for those students who wish to broaden their learning and expertise.

The Forensics of Election Fraud - Russia and Ukraine (Paperback, New): Mikhail Myagkov, Peter C. Ordeshook, Dimitri Shakin The Forensics of Election Fraud - Russia and Ukraine (Paperback, New)
Mikhail Myagkov, Peter C. Ordeshook, Dimitri Shakin
R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume offers a number of forensic indicators of election fraud applied to official election returns, and tests and illustrates their application in Russia and Ukraine. Included are the methodology's econometric details and theoretical assumptions. The applications to Russia include the analysis of all federal elections between 1996 and 2007 and, for Ukraine, between 2004 and 2007. Generally, we find that fraud has metastasized within the Russian polity during Putin's administration with upwards of 10 million or more suspect votes in both the 2004 and 2007 balloting, whereas in Ukraine, fraud has diminished considerably since the second round of its 2004 presidential election where between 1.5 and 3 million votes were falsified. The volume concludes with a consideration of data from the United States to illustrate the dangers of the application of our methods without due consideration of an election's substantive context and the characteristics of the data at hand.

Designing Federalism - A Theory of Self-Sustainable Federal Institutions (Hardcover, New): Mikhail Filippov, Peter C.... Designing Federalism - A Theory of Self-Sustainable Federal Institutions (Hardcover, New)
Mikhail Filippov, Peter C. Ordeshook, Olga Shvetsova
R1,635 R1,551 Discovery Miles 15 510 Save R84 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The design of federal states from Russia and the Ukraine to Canada and the European Union typically develops from a false set of assumptions regarding the institutional building blocks of such a state. Rather than any carefully delineated allocation of policy jurisdictions, the authors argue that a number of institutional variables, not normally associated with federal design, can be critical in determining federal success. (The variables are the content of regional charters and the extent to which public offices are filled by election rather than appointment.)

The Balance of Power - Stability in International Systems (Paperback): Emerson M. S. Niou, Peter C. Ordeshook, Gregory F. Rose The Balance of Power - Stability in International Systems (Paperback)
Emerson M. S. Niou, Peter C. Ordeshook, Gregory F. Rose
R866 Discovery Miles 8 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of the fundamental issues of international relations concerns whether, and under what conditions, stability prevails in anarchic systems--systems in which all authority and institutional restraints to action are wholly endogenous. This book uses the tools provided by contemporary game theory to develop a comprehensive theory of such systems and details both necessary and sufficient conditions for stability. The authors first define two forms of stability--system and resource stability. International political systems are said to be stable when no state confronts the possibility of a loss of sovereignty. Resource stability, in contrast, requires that the current distribution of wealth and power among states can change only due to differences in the vitality of economics. The theory developed in this book refines the classic balance of power theory and formally incorporates into that theory the consideration of endogenous resource growth, preventive war, war costs, and the imperatives of geography, revealing a fundamental conflict between the concepts of "balancers" and "central powers."

Game Theory and Political Theory - An Introduction (Paperback): Peter C. Ordeshook Game Theory and Political Theory - An Introduction (Paperback)
Peter C. Ordeshook
R990 Discovery Miles 9 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Attempts to integrate the past twenty years of development in formal political theory. Topics covered include models of elections and of committee processes, the demand and supply of public goods and surveys of game theory and social-choice theory.

The Forensics of Election Fraud - Russia and Ukraine (Hardcover, New): Mikhail Myagkov, Peter C. Ordeshook, Dimitri Shakin The Forensics of Election Fraud - Russia and Ukraine (Hardcover, New)
Mikhail Myagkov, Peter C. Ordeshook, Dimitri Shakin
R1,249 Discovery Miles 12 490 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume offers a number of forensic indicators of election fraud applied to official election returns, and tests and illustrates their application in Russia and Ukraine. Included are the methodology's econometric details and theoretical assumptions. The applications to Russia include the analysis of all federal elections between 1996 and 2007 and, for Ukraine, between 2004 and 2007. Generally, we find that fraud has metastasized within the Russian polity during Putin's administration with upwards of 10 million or more suspect votes in both the 2004 and 2007 balloting, whereas in Ukraine, fraud has diminished considerably since the second round of its 2004 presidential election where between 1.5 and 3 million votes were falsified. The volume concludes with a consideration of data from the United States to illustrate the dangers of the application of our methods without due consideration of an election's substantive context and the characteristics of the data at hand.

Designing Federalism - A Theory of Self-Sustainable Federal Institutions (Paperback, New): Mikhail Filippov, Peter C.... Designing Federalism - A Theory of Self-Sustainable Federal Institutions (Paperback, New)
Mikhail Filippov, Peter C. Ordeshook, Olga Shvetsova
R864 Discovery Miles 8 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The design of federal states from Russia and the Ukraine to Canada and the European Union typically develops from a false set of assumptions regarding the institutional building blocks of such a state. Rather than any carefully delineated allocation of policy jurisdictions, the authors argue that a number of institutional variables, not normally associated with federal design, can be critical in determining federal success. (The variables are the content of regional charters and the extent to which public offices are filled by election rather than appointment.)

Political Equilibrium: A Delicate Balance (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1982): Peter C. Ordeshook,... Political Equilibrium: A Delicate Balance (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1982)
Peter C. Ordeshook, Kenneth A. Shepsle
R2,291 Discovery Miles 22 910 Out of stock

Peter C. Ordeshook and Kenneth A. Shepsle If the inaugural date of modern economics is set at 1776 with the publication of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, then the analytical tradition in the study of politics is not even a decade younger, commencing nine years later with the publication of the Marquis de Condorcet's Essai sur l'application de l'analyse iz la probabilite des decisions rendues iz la pluralite des voix. The parallel, however, stops there for, unlike Smith and other classical economists who laid an intel- lectual foundation upon which a century of cumulative scientific research pro- ceeded, analytical political science suffered fits and starts. Condorcet, himself, acknowledges the earlier work (predating the Essai by some fourteen years) of Borda and, from time to time during the nineteenth century, their contributions were rediscovered by Dodgson, Nanson, and other political philosophers and arithmeticians. But, by century's end, there was nothing in political science to compare to the grand edifice of general equilibrium theory in neoclassical eco- nomics. Despite roots traversing two centuries, then, the analytical study of poli- tics is a twentieth-century affair. The initial inspiration and insight of Condorcet was seized upon just after World War II by Duncan Black, who wrote several papers on the equilibrium properties of majority rule in specific contexts (Black, 1948a,b). He expanded upon these themes in his now deservedly famous monograph, The Theory of xi PREFACE xii Committees and Elections, and the lesser-known essay with R. A.

The Balance of Power - Stability in International Systems (Hardcover, New): Emerson M. S. Niou, Peter C. Ordeshook, Gregory F.... The Balance of Power - Stability in International Systems (Hardcover, New)
Emerson M. S. Niou, Peter C. Ordeshook, Gregory F. Rose
R2,255 Discovery Miles 22 550 Out of stock

One of the fundamental issues of international relations concerns whether, and under what conditions, stability prevails in anarchic systems--systems in which all authority and institutional restraints to action are wholly endogenous. This book uses the tools provided by contemporary game theory to develop a comprehensive theory of such systems and details both necessary and sufficient conditions for stability. The authors first define two forms of stability--system and resource stability. International political systems are said to be stable when no state confronts the possibility of a loss of sovereignty. Resource stability, in contrast, requires that the current distribution of wealth and power among states can change only due to differences in the vitality of economics. The theory developed in this book refines the classic balance of power theory and formally incorporates into that theory the consideration of endogenous resource growth, preventive war, war costs, and the imperatives of geography, revealing a fundamental conflict between the concepts of "balancers" and "central powers."

A Political Theory Primer (Paperback, New): Peter C. Ordeshook, Emerson Niou A Political Theory Primer (Paperback, New)
Peter C. Ordeshook, Emerson Niou
R1,264 Discovery Miles 12 640 Out of stock


An introduction to game theory and its application to the study of politics, designed by a leading authority for students without advanced mathematical training.

Political Equilibrium: A Delicate Balance (Hardcover, 1982 ed.): Peter C. Ordeshook, Kenneth A. Shepsle Political Equilibrium: A Delicate Balance (Hardcover, 1982 ed.)
Peter C. Ordeshook, Kenneth A. Shepsle
R3,517 R3,337 Discovery Miles 33 370 Save R180 (5%) Out of stock

Peter C. Ordeshook and Kenneth A. Shepsle If the inaugural date of modern economics is set at 1776 with the publication of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, then the analytical tradition in the study of politics is not even a decade younger, commencing nine years later with the publication of the Marquis de Condorcet's Essai sur l'application de l'analyse iz la probabilite des decisions rendues iz la pluralite des voix. The parallel, however, stops there for, unlike Smith and other classical economists who laid an intel- lectual foundation upon which a century of cumulative scientific research pro- ceeded, analytical political science suffered fits and starts. Condorcet, himself, acknowledges the earlier work (predating the Essai by some fourteen years) of Borda and, from time to time during the nineteenth century, their contributions were rediscovered by Dodgson, Nanson, and other political philosophers and arithmeticians. But, by century's end, there was nothing in political science to compare to the grand edifice of general equilibrium theory in neoclassical eco- nomics. Despite roots traversing two centuries, then, the analytical study of poli- tics is a twentieth-century affair. The initial inspiration and insight of Condorcet was seized upon just after World War II by Duncan Black, who wrote several papers on the equilibrium properties of majority rule in specific contexts (Black, 1948a,b). He expanded upon these themes in his now deservedly famous monograph, The Theory of xi PREFACE xii Committees and Elections, and the lesser-known essay with R. A.

A Political Theory Primer (Hardcover): Peter C. Ordeshook A Political Theory Primer (Hardcover)
Peter C. Ordeshook
R3,638 Discovery Miles 36 380 Out of stock

First published in 1992, A Political Theory Primer is designed as an introductory course for students in the application of game theory to modeling political processes. Examining those very phenomena that power political machineries--elections, legislative and committee processes, and international conflict--the book attempts to answer fundamental questions about their nature and function. Included at the end of each chapter is a set of exercises designed to allow students to practice the construction and analysis of political models. Although the text assumes only training at the basic algebra level, the student who completes a course around this text will be equipped to read nearly all the professional literature that makes use of game-theoretic analysis. Each chapter also contains suggestiosn for further reading for those students who want to broaden their learning and expertise.

Strategy and Politics - An Introduction to Game Theory (Hardcover): Emerson Niou, Peter C. Ordeshook Strategy and Politics - An Introduction to Game Theory (Hardcover)
Emerson Niou, Peter C. Ordeshook
R3,393 Discovery Miles 33 930 Out of stock

A Positive Political Theory Primer is designed to introduce students to the application of game theory to modeling political processes. This accessible text covers the essential aspects of game theory while keeping the reader constantly in touch with why political science as a whole would benefit from considering this method. Examining the very phenomena that power political machineries elections, legislative and committee processes, and international conflict, the book attempts to answer fundamental questions about their nature and function in a clear, accessible manner.

Included at the end of each chapter is a set of exercises designed to allow students to practice the construction and analysis of political models. Although the text assumes only an elementary-level training in algebra, students who complete a course around this text will be equipped to read nearly all of the professional literature that makes use of game theoretic analysis. Each chapter also contains suggestions for further reading for those students who wish to broaden their learning and expertise. "

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