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In five parts it covers basic factors that make economic decision making different from properties of economic goods, money, and wealth - static, one-sided, open model of oligopolistic competition; cooperative models of closed economic systems; strategic models of closed economic systems, and externalities and public goods. This final section explores a number of applications, including land ownership, voting, and the assignment of joint costs.
The book concludes with an outline of a series of games within a game as a portrayal of a politico-economic process in a democratic society with a two-party system and public and private sectors. The approach adopted points the way toward a possible reconciliation of micro-and macroeconomics and an integration of economic, political, and sociological descriptions in the study of the short-term function of the state.
Martin Shubik is Seymour H. Knox Professor of Mathematical Institutional Economics at Yale University.