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Unformatted text preview: Lecture Outline, 1/29/08 Review five elements of logic of American politics Prisoners 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 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 Prisoners Dilemma Prisoners dilemma: when each individual finds it in her interest to defect from an agreement, even though cooperation would have left all individuals better off Free Rider Problem A type of prisoners dilemma Public good: individual reaps the benefits...
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course POL SCI 1 taught by Professor Wallsten during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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Lecture 03 - 29 Jan - Lecture Outline, 1/29/08 Review five...

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