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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

Bargaining at the International Arena
Bargaining at the international arena
7.1 The Nature of Bargaining in the International Arena

This chapter analyzes the nature of bargaining and negotiation at the international level, which is the highest form of aggregation in which bargaining takes place. The study of international relations differs from the study of domestic politics in its particular unit of analysis. At the international level, scholars usually utilize the nation-state, or an alliance (i.e. coalition) of some nation-states, as their principle unit of analysis. These nation-states are either in an anarchic ‘state of nature,’ where no order or hierarchy prevails, or in some particular world order. Pax Romana and Pax Americana are two examples of world orders. In the first case the Roman Empire dominated the ...

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