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PS 12 Fall 2016

Syllabus Revised

Monday and Wednesday will be lectures; homework exercises discussed on Fridays (except for the first
week, which will be lectures all three class days), at which time the TAs will go over the exercises plus
others that have not been assigned. The assigned text for this course and source of homework set
exercises is Niou & Ordesgook Strategy and Politics (2015: Routledge Pub.). The grade in this course will
be based exclusively on the final (which will mimic the homework exercises and in fact will consist in part
of problems taken from those exercises). Exercises will not be collected, so whether you do them or not is
up to you. However, 50% of the final exam will consist of problems the TAs have discussed and anyone
receiving a grade of less than 50% on the final will have failed the course .

Week 1: Political Constitutions: The question we address here, but not fully
answer is: How are the provisions of a political constitution enforced? How political
science as a discipline and as subject matter ought to be viewed as an applied field with
a focus on political institutional design.

Week 2: Game Theory versus Decision Theory
Review the solved (odd numbered) problems with your TA

Week 3: Extensive form games
Homework exercises: cp. 2, problems # 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Week 4: Analyzing some simple strategic form games
Homework exercises: cp. 3, problems # 4, 10, 14.

Week 5: Zero Sum games
Homework exercises: cp. 4, problems #2, 6, 8, 10 and 12

Week 6: The Prisoners Dilemma and Collective Action
Homework exercises: cp. 5, problems #2, 4, 6 and 8

Week 7: Agendas and Voting Rules
Homework exercises: cp. 6, problems # 2, 4, 6 and 8

Week 8: Incomplete Information in Politics
Homework Exercises: cp 7, problems # 2, 4, 6 and 8

Week 9: Cooperative Games
Homework Exercises: cp 8, problems # 6, 8, 12 and 14