Fully revised and reorganized by Anna Getmansky and Alejandro Quiroz Flores to fit the exciting new edition of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita's Principles of International Politics, this accompanying workbook continues to feature class-tested, user-friendly exercises that walk students through the building blocks of the strategic method, ensuring that even novice students have the opportunity to develop and hone their problem-solving skills and can successfully apply what they have learned in the text. The fifth edition of Applying the Strategic Perspective: Problems and Models, Workbook introduces students to a wide range of problems so that they master basic principles as well as test their capabilities with more challenging material. Easy for students to use, and with perforated pages for turning in assignments, the workbook also comes ...
Chapter 3: Tools for Analyzing International Affairs
Tools for Analyzing International Affairs
The Median Voter Theorem
The median voter theorem is a powerful tool to analyze social choice. The simple argument of this theorem is that in a group of voters arrayed along some continuous policy dimension, the median voter holds the critical position that will determine the outcome of decisions. That is, the position of the median voter will be the winning position.
Three critical conditions must hold before we can use the median voter theorem to predict outcomes. Actors must have (or be assumed to have) single-peaked preferences, we must have a unidimensional issue area, and decisions must be made by a majority rule.
Exercise 3-1. The Power of the Median Voter
- Why is the median voter in such ...