Poly Sci Lecture 8

Poly Sci Lecture 8 - American Politics Spring 2008 Lecture...

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American Politics Spring 2008 Lecture 8 02/07/08
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Making the Deal Stick Deals involving small groups Mutually beneficial exchange Problem: costly, therefore incentive to renege. We will mainly talk about senators. Common in Congress: vote trades, scheduling, minority rights (both explicit and implicit deals), this is mutual exchanges, Particulary in U.S. Senate/House of R Rules make it hard to enact legislation ‘Nuclear option’ exception to normal practice You will see filibusters, or group of people to stop things Ex: Bill Frist Different from cooperation in large groups. Ability to monitor behavior. Marginal impact of cooperation large. Repeated interactions.
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The Prisoners’ Dilemma Suspect 2 1: Short Sentence 2: Short Sentence 1. Long Sentence 2. No Jail Time 1. No Jail Time 2. Long Sentence 1. Mod. Sentence 2. Mod. Sentence Suspect 1
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What’s the “Dilemma?” Deals are easy to make, hard to carry out. “There should be a law against such games!” -
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