Mathematics and Politics: Strategy, Voting, Power, and Proof / Edition 1

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Mathematics And Politics requires no prerequisites in either subject. The underlying philosophy involves minimizing algebraic computations while focusing on the conceptual aspects of mathematics in the context of real-world questions in political science. This new edition has an added co-author, Allison Pacelli, and covers six major topics: social choice, yes-no voting systems, political power, game-theoretic models of international conflict, fairness, and escalation. In addition to having two new chapters (treating apportionment and conflict resolution), the text has been extensively reorganized and the number of exercises increased to over 300.
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“Mathematics and Politics is the fruit of undergraduate mathematics courses taught by the authors. The primary audience is political and social science majors. … The writing style is appropriate for the intended audience with the understanding that the students/readers have some familiarity with political science economics or sociology. … Overall the book serves as a useful quantitative introduction to several of the covered topics. … Faculty in the social sciences should strongly consider Mathematics and Politics as a resource/reference.” (J. Douglas Barrett, Technometrics, Vol. 53 (1), February, 2011)

“It is intended to serve as a text for social science and humanities students that will highlight the power and utility of mathematics. … if you are considering a course as described above, this textbook deserves to be the one that will entice you into taking the plunge. And if you simply want to educate yourself in areas of social science mathematics that have only recently started to get the attention they deserve, Mathematics and Politics deserves your strong consideration.” (Edward W. Packel, SIAM Review, Vol. 52 (4), 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387943916
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Series: Textbooks in Mathematical Sciences Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Social Choice

2 Yes-No Voting

3 Political Power

4 Conflict

5 Fairness

6 Escalation

7 More Social Choice

8 More Yes-No Voting

9 More Political Power

10 More Conflict

11 More Fairness

12 More Escalation




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