GOV 385N • Introduction to Formal Political Analysis
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
The course will be divided into three parts: game theory, social choice theory, and the spatial theory of voting. Game theory is the foundation of all formal political analysis. Social choice theory deals with the problems of aggregating individual preferences into collective decisions, and spatial theory uses game theory and social choice theory in a Euclidean setting.
There will be three in-class exams, consisting of problems very similar to those discussed in class. There is no final exam. The exams will be weighted equally to determine your final grade.
Required Texts Melvin Hinich & Michael Munger, Analytical Politics, Cambridge 1997. David Kreps, Game Theory and Economic Modelling, Oxford 1990. Donald Saari, Decisions and Elections, Cambridge 2001. Recommended Text Dennis Mueller, Public Choice III, Cambridge 2003.