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Political Bargaining
Theory, Practice and Process

First Edition
  • Gideon Doron - Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • Itai Sened - Washington University, St Louis & Tel-Aviv University

April 2001 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book brings an exciting and innovative new approach to the study of politics today. It introduces political bargaining, a process at the heart of all political and economic exchanges in contemporary society and the very essence of politics itself, to provide a new framework and fresh insights to modern political science. The authors trace the prevalence of bargaining processes in politics from the abstract level of individual human interaction and the `state of natureÆ to the more concrete political or institutionalized level. They introduce students to theory -- the basic models of game theory, rational choice theory and positivist approaches; practice -- the practical manifestations of political bargaining in everyday national and international political life; and process -- its setting, the interests of the players involved, the conditions and properties that affect their calculations and, consequently, their ability to obtain desired outcomes. Political Bargaining provides students with the basic tools for learning about and participating in politics today by richly illustrating how the authoritative allocation of scarce resources is arrived at through a complex bargaining process between competing interests in society. It will be essential reading for student and lecturer alike across political science and the social sciences more widely.

 
Introduction
 
A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Political Bargaining
 
The Social Problem
 
A Bargained Social Contract
 
Special Interests and Political Entrepreneurs
 
Electoral and Post-Electoral Bargaining in Parliamentary Systems
 
Post-Electoral Bargaining in Presidential Systems
 
Bargaining at the International Arena
 
Conclusions

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