The Strategy of Politics

POL 110 at UC Davis

Taught: Spring 2017, Fall 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The Strategy of Politics is an introductory course in the use of game theory to analyze strategic interactions in politics. In this course, students learn how to recast political situations as formalized, structured problems (``games’’) and then perform analysis on those problems in order to generate predictions about real-world political behavior. The students use these tools to analyze a variety of political questions, from the appropriate role of the state in society to the causes of war to dynamics of policy-making in legislatures.