The concepts of game theory (rationality etc) now pervade much of social science, so that Professor Zagare's exposition of game theory and its applications (intended to "convert the unconverted and initiate the uninitiated") is very welcome. He provides methods for analysing the structure of the game; considers zero and nonzero-sum games and the fundamental 'minimax theorem'; and investigates games with more than two players, including the possibility of coalitions between players. Diverse examples give the reader an idea of how the theory can be applied to a wide range of situations.
Frank C. Zagare is UB Distinguished Professor of Political Science. A former Vice President of the International Studies Association, Dr. Zagare is a member of the editorial board of International Interactions. He has served on the Advisory Panel of the National Science Foundation, on the editorial board of International Studies Quarterly, as a member of the Presidential Nominating Committee and the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the International Studies Association, as a Councilor for the Peace Science Society (International), as a Council Member of the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2005 he received the Susan Strange Award from the International Studies Association. He is the author, co-author or editor of six books including Perfect Deterrence (with D. Marc Kilgour), The Dynamics of Deterrence, and Game Theory: Concepts and Applications.