© 2005

Social Choice and Strategic Decisions

Essays in Honor of Jeffrey S. Banks

  • David Austen-Smith
  • John Duggan

Part of the Studies in Choice and Welfare book series (WELFARE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. David Austen-Smith, John Duggan
    Pages 1-14
  3. Norman Schofield
    Pages 57-91
  4. Rangarajan K. Sundaram
    Pages 131-162
  5. Bhaskar Dutta, Matthew O. Jackson, Michel Le Breton
    Pages 163-199
  6. Daniel Diermeier, Rebecca Morton
    Pages 201-226
  7. Randall L. Calvert, Nathan Dietz
    Pages 227-247
  8. Keith Krehbiel, Adam Meirowitz, Jonathan Woon
    Pages 249-268
  9. David Austen-Smith, Timothy Feddersen
    Pages 269-316
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 317-319

About this book


Social choices, about expenditures on government programs, or about public policy more broadly, or indeed from any conceivable set of alternatives, are determined by politics. This book is a collection of essays that tie together the fields spanned by Jeffrey S. Banks` research on this subject. It examines the strategic aspects of political decision-making, including the choices of voters in committees, the positioning of candidates in electoral campaigns, and the behavior of parties in legislatures. The chapters of this book contribute to the theory of voting with incomplete information, to the literature on Downsian and probabilistic voting models of elections, to the theory of social choice in distributive environments, and to the theory of optimal dynamic decision-making. The essays employ a spectrum of research methods, from game-theoretic analysis, to empirical investigation, to experimental testing. In the manner of Jeffrey S. Banks` research, these pieces focus on fundamental social scientific issues, such as the welfare properties of voting systems, the existence and characterization of electroral equilibria, and the impact of parties on political processes.   


Bargaining Decision-Making Elections Game Theory Government Social Choice Voting

Editors and affiliations

  • David Austen-Smith
    • 1
  • John Duggan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of ManagementNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political EconomyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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