GV478 - Political Science and Public Policy




In this course we develop tools to analyse important political phenomena including elections, legislative bargaining, lobbying, bureaucracy, clientelism and international relations. We focus on game theory as a way of understanding strategic interactions among political actors within different institutional arrangements. Students will learn basic game theoretical concepts and apply them to a variety of political contexts; these tools should be useful both for explaining existing political outcomes and for designing interventions to achieve desired future outcomes.