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Lecture slides Fall 08 Sept 4 Constitutionpt1

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Lecture Outline, 9/4/08 Theme #5: Collective Action Coordination problems Prisoner’s Dilemma and Free Rider problems Solving collective action problems Origins of American Revolution Articles of Confederation Setting the Stage for the Constitutional Convention Post-war Problems under Articles
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Five elements of the logic of American politics 1) Political institutions matter 2) Politicians are strategic actors (most of the time) 3) Elections make politicians agents of their constituents (most of the time) 4) Voters are not like politicians. Voting behavior / public opinion is shaped by interests, identities, and core values. 5) Collective action problems are central to politics
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Theme #5: Collective action problems are central to politics. Two main types of challenges: Coordination: Agree on what outcome is desired, but can’t synchronize their actions to achieve that outcome Prisoner’s dilemma: when each individual finds it in her interest to defect from an agreement, even though cooperation would have left all individuals better off
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  • American Revolution, United States Declaration of Independence, Second Continental Congress, collective action problems, Continental Congress

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