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
Chapter 1: A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Political Bargaining
A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Political Bargaining
The introductory chapter presented the theoretical context in which the phenomenon of political bargaining should be understood. It defined the phenomenon and explained how it evolved and its prevalence in our lives. Finally, it outlined several factors that are always present in the process of political bargaining. In this book we look at the various levels of political bargaining. To follow our argument, the reader needs to be familiar with some basic conceptual tools used in our theoretical analysis.
The theoretical approach we adopt is referred to as rational choice theory. This means that we adhere to two basic premises: methodological individualism and purposeful action. The first premise ...