Party Competition: An Agent-Based Model

Party Competition: An Agent-Based Model

by Michael Laver
     
 

"Laver and Sergenti argue that politics is best viewed as a complex dynamical system that is neither random nor in equilibrium. Their use of agent-based modeling to better understand the flux of politics will be of great interest to the next generation of modelers seeking to make sense of the wide variety of political systems in the real world."—Norman

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"Laver and Sergenti argue that politics is best viewed as a complex dynamical system that is neither random nor in equilibrium. Their use of agent-based modeling to better understand the flux of politics will be of great interest to the next generation of modelers seeking to make sense of the wide variety of political systems in the real world."—Norman Schofield, Washington University in St. Louis

"Laver and Sergenti present a bold and rigorous new approach to interparty electoral competition. Their results are remarkable and often puzzling, offering plentiful food for thought for modelers, analytical theorists, and empiricists alike. Ignore this book at your peril, or better, read it and become an admirer."—Kaare Strm, University of California, San Diego

"Party Competition is an ambitious and pioneering work. Laver and Sergenti present a new methodology for the study of a quite central and traditional problem in political science. This is to my knowledge the first book-length treatise on the evolutionary modeling of party competition."—Hannu Nurmi, author of Models of Political Economy

"Distinct and important. The tools that Laver and Sergenti bring to bear on computational modeling will start a debate that is long overdue in the social sciences. This is another step forward in developing the methods needed to solve real-world problems that have so far resisted our best efforts."—Scott de Marchi, Duke University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691139043
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/23/2011
Series:
Princeton Studies in Complexity Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,413,894
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Part One: Preliminaries 1

Chapter 1. Modeling Multiparty Competition 3

Chapter 2. Spatial Dynamics of Political Competition 15

Chapter 3. A Baseline ABM of Party Competition 28
Chapter 4. Systematically Interrogating Agent-Based Models 56

Part Two: The Basic Model 83

Chapter 5. Benchmarking the Baseline Model 85

Chapter 6. Endogenous Parties, Interaction of Different Decision Rules 106

Chapter 7. New Decision Rules, New Rule Features 132

Part Three: Extensions and Empirics 157

Chapter 8. The Evolutionary Dynamics of Decision Rule Selection 159

Chapter 9. Nonpolicy Factors in Party Competition 183

Chapter 10. Party Leaders with Policy Preferences 206

Chapter 11. Using Theoretical Models to Analyze Real Party Systems 228

Chapter 12. In Conclusion 258

References 267

Index 275

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