Political Bargaining: Theory, Practice and Process / Edition 1

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Political Bargaining introduces a process at the heart of all political and economic exchanges in contemporary society, and the very essence of politics itself, to provide a new framework and fresh insights for modern political science.

Gideon Doron and Itai Sened trace the prevalence of bargaining processes in politics from the abstract level of individual human interaction and the 'state of nature' to the more concrete political or institutionalized level.

They introduce students to theory — the basic models of social choice and game theory, rational choice theory and positivist approaches; practice — the practical manifestations of political bargaining in everyday national and international political life; and process — its setting, the interests of the players involved, the conditions and properties that affect their calculations and, consequently, their ability to obtain desired outcomes.

Political Bargaining will serve to provide students with the basic tools for learning about and participating in politics today by richly illustrating how the authoritative allocation of scarce resources is arrived at through a complex bargaining process between competing interests in society. It will be essential reading for student and lecturer alike across political science and the social sciences more widely.

Author//Editor Description:

Gideon Doron is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University.

Itai Sened is Associate Professor at Washington University in St Louis and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761952510
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/16/2001
  • Series: SAGE Politics Texts series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Itai Sened received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1990. He rose to the rank of a senior lecturer with tenure at Tel Aviv University. In 1997 he moved to Washington University in St. Louis. There, between 2001-2012 he was the founding Director of the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences (CNISS). Promoted to Full Professor in 2004, he served as the Chair of the Department between 2004-7.

His book, The Political Institution of Private Property, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997. The paperback edition was published in 2007. His second book, Political Bargaining: Theory, Practice and Process, co-authored with Gideon Doron, was published by SAGE Publication in 2001. He published numerous articles in all the top refereed journals in Political Science including, The American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, The British journal of Political Science, the European Journal for Political Research, the Journal of Theoretical Politics and many other refereed publications. He is the co-editor, with Jack Knight, of Explaining Social Institutions from the University of Michigan Press (1995, a paperback edition in 2005). In 2006, he co-authored with Norman Schofield: Multiparty Democracy, published by Cambridge University Press, also available in paperback. He is currently completing a new edited volume with Sebastian Galiani, entitled: Economic Institutions, Rights, Growth, and Sustainability: The Legacy of Douglass North to be published by Cambridge University Press in the fall of 2013.

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Table of Contents

A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Political Bargaining
The Social Problem
A Bargained Social Contract
Special Interests and Political Entrepreneurs
Electoral and Post-Electoral Bargaining in Parliamentary Systems
Post-Electoral Bargaining in Presidential Systems
Bargaining at the International Arena

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