Party Competition: An Agent-Based Model

Party Competition: An Agent-Based Model

by Michael Laver, Ernest Sergenti


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691139036
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/23/2011
Series: Princeton Studies in Complexity Series
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

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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