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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Game Theory by Edward Rosenthal, Ph.D., Edward C. Rosenthal

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Voting and Game Theory

That word coalition might elicit thoughts of voting. You may not have anticipated the topic of voting in a game theory book, but there are a number of fascinating aspects that certainly do belong here (and are explored more fully in Chapter 13).
First, why is voting a cooperative enterprise? The answer only requires us to think about what it means to make decisions in a democracy. It is through voting that the citizens come together and cooperate in the most elemental way: to jointly elect their representatives and leaders.
What about strategic behavior? We don’t have to look too far to see how it can turn up. First, let’s consider the two-party system that is, essentially, what exists in the United States. In most presidential ...

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