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Research Strategies in the Social SciencesA Guide to New Approaches$
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Elinor Scarbrough and Eric Tanenbaum

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292376.001.0001

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The Glass Bead Game: Testing Game‐Theoretic Models of Politics

The Glass Bead Game: Testing Game‐Theoretic Models of Politics

(p.217) 10 The Glass Bead Game: Testing Game‐Theoretic Models of Politics
Research Strategies in the Social Sciences

Hugh Ward

Oxford University Press

A summary explanation of rational choice theory, and its development in game theory, as a challenge to conventional social science theories. The example, demonstrating its application to the campaign strategies of political parties, highlights the particular strength of rational choice approaches in throwing up non‐intuitive but empirically testable propositions.

Keywords:   campaign strategy, Conservative Party, equilibrium, falsification, game theory, political parties, rational choice theory

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