This book argues that game theory is a useful source of deep insight into politics. The author provides a comfortable introduction to game theory for students without advanced training in mathematics who might otherwise avoid the subject. He applies the tools of game theory to simplified examples of interesting political phenomena including elections, legislative processes and international conflict. Ordeshook uses graphs, diagrams and figures to explain his points and includes exercises and problems for students to solve. The book will provide a comprehensive background in game theory that will allow students to read most of the literature that makes use of a game theoretic analysis. The book will be of interest to students of international relations, strategic studies and political theory and will also appeal to students of business and economics who wish to learn how the tools of contemporary economic theory can be applied more broadly. Peter Ordeshook is an authority on game theory and rational choice theory and has published extensively in the field.
"Full of examples ranging from the most basic to those at the forefront of current research in political science, [A Political Theory Primer] provides an introduction to some of the elementary game-theoretic ideas and applications that are re-shaping our understanding of many problems in political science adn the social sciences more broadly."
--Robert Powell, University of California, Berkeley
1. Representation of Political Processes 2. Analysis of Extensive Form Games 3. Analysis of Strategic Form Games 4. Some Special Political Games 5. Games with Incomplete Information 6. Cooperation and Coalitions