Party Competition: An Agent-Based Model

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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

JASSS
[T]he book is an excellent starting point for everyone interested in party competition and provides food for future agent-based research.
— Víctor M. Eguíluz
JASSS - Victor M. Eguiluz
[T]he book is an excellent starting point for everyone interested in party competition and provides food for future agent-based research.
RMM - Johannes Zschache
Besides political scientists who are interested in the topic, this book is well suited for any social scientist who looks for an exemplary introduction to basic techniques of simulation-based research.
JASSS - Víctor M. Eguíluz
[T]he book is an excellent starting point for everyone interested in party competition and provides food for future agent-based research.
From the Publisher
"[T]he book is an excellent starting point for everyone interested in party competition and provides food for future agent-based research."—Víctor M. Eguíluz, JASSS

"Besides political scientists who are interested in the topic, this book is well suited for any social scientist who looks for an exemplary introduction to basic techniques of simulation-based research."—Johannes Zschache, RMM

"This is a rich and provocative book. . . . For methodologically sophisticated political scientists, and especially those interested in spatial analysis, this is no doubt the best introduction available to the challenging, exciting, and, to many, still mysterious worlds of agent-based modeling."—Charles H. Blake, Perspectives on Politics

JASSS

[T]he book is an excellent starting point for everyone interested in party competition and provides food for future agent-based research.
— Víctor M. Eguíluz
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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
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Laver is professor of politics at New York University. He is the coauthor of "Multiparty Government: The Politics of Coalition in Europe". Ernest Sergenti is a consultant at the World Bank.

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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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