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This book brings an exciting and innovative new approach to the study of politics today. It introduces political bargaining, 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 to modern political science. The authors 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 game theory, rational choice theory and positivist approaches; practice -- the practical manifestations of political b

Introduction
Introduction

This book reviews various modalities of political bargaining. Except for the introductory chapter, which provides an intuitive account of political bargaining, it is written in the tradition of formal political theory. That is, our arguments are carefully defined in the language of logic and mathematics. Hence, their validity may be examined in terms of their internal and external consistency. The untrained reader may skip the technical derivations and results presented, and concentrate on the essence of our arguments.

We start by demonstrating the prevalence of bargaining in social life. Then we define political bargaining in order to distinguish it from other forms of bargaining. We continue by explaining the logic differentiating the two main types of collective bargaining: economic and political, and discuss the principle ...

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