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Games Real Actors Play : Actor-centered Institutionalism In Policy Research - Fritz W. Scharpf

Games Real Actors Play

Actor-centered Institutionalism In Policy Research

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Published: 5th September 1997
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"Games Real Actors Play" provides a persuasive argument for the use of basic concepts of game theory in understanding public policy conflicts. Fritz Scharpf criticizes public choice theory as too narrow in its examination of actor motives and discursive democracy as too blind to the institutional incentives of political parties. With the nonspecialist in mind, the author presents a coherent actor-centered model of institutional rational choice that integrates a wide variety of theoretical contributions, such as game theory, negotiation theory, transaction cost economics, international relations, and democratic theory."Games Real Actors Play" offers a framework for linking positive theory to the normative issues that necessarily arise in policy research and employs many cross-national examples, including a comparative use of game theory to understand the differing reactions of Great Britain, Sweden, Austria, and the Federal Republic of Germany to the economic stagflation of the 1970s.

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Policy Research in the Face of Complexityp. 19
Actor-Centered Institutionalismp. 36
Actorsp. 51
Actor Constellationsp. 69
Unilateral Action in Anarchic Fields and Minimal Institutionsp. 97
Negotiated Agreementsp. 116
Decisions by Majority Votep. 151
Hierarchical Directionp. 171
Varieties of the Negotiating Statep. 195
A Game-Theoretical Interpretation of Inflation and Unemployment in Western Europep. 217
Efficient Self-Coordination in Policy Networks - A Simulation Studyp. 245
Referencesp. 281
About the Book and Authorp. 303
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780813399683
ISBN-10: 0813399688
Series: Theoretical Lenses on Public Policy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 335
Published: 5th September 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1