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PoliSci 274 Professor Scott Gehlbach Lecture 1 1/21/09 4 Main Elements of Course o Analysis Breaking argument down into pieces (starting with set of assumptions) Example: Assume two political parties, left/right o Choice Nations or Individuals make choices These choices are based on rational thought (Preferences or outcomes create actions by actor that are deliberate) Example: Outcomes are Coffee, Tea, Cola o Assume that individuals rank these choices 1 of 3 options Coffee P Tea (Prefer Coffee to tea) Tea P Coffee (Prefer Tea to Coffee) Coffee I Tea (Indifferent) Rational assumption that if an individual Coffee P Tea and Tea P Cola o Then individual Coffee P Cola o Politics Study of Group work o Strategy Rational choice based on achieving optimal position which is dependent on the other sides positions Use game theory language Game Theory--Mathematical analysis of strategic decision making Examples of material we will cover o
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