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Game Theory for the Social Sciences

Conflict, Bargaining, Cooperation and Power

  • Textbook
  • Aug 2024


  • Introduces fundamental concepts in game theory
  • Highlights applications of game theory for the social sciences
  • Explores cooperative solutions for real-world conflicts and dilemmas

Part of the book series: Springer Series in Game Theory (SSGT)

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About this book

This textbook introduces fundamental concepts of game theory and demonstrates its uses and application in the social sciences. Written in plain English and without overwhelming mathematical jargon, it serves as an invaluable resource for undergraduate students in economics, law, political sciences, and related social sciences. Starting from non-cooperative games and progressing to cooperative games, it explores a wide range of topics, including the analysis of zero-sum games, voting rules and their practical implications, and other applications of game theory. Uniquely, it emphasizes cooperative concepts and their normative applications, providing a fresh perspective.

With "Game Theory for the Social Sciences", readers will be equipped with the analytical tools to analyze conflict resolution, bargaining strategies, cooperative decision-making, and the dynamics of power relationships. Through engaging examples drawn from real-world scenarios, readers will develop a solid understanding of how game theory can be applied to diverse fields in social sciences.

“Pierre Dehez offers a consistent kit of classic game theoretic tools, from equilibrium concepts to bargaining solutions and power indices, all illustrated with insightful examples and applications.”

Françoise Forges, Professor of Economics, Université Paris Dauphine-PSL

“This book is written clearly and pedagogically without resorting to difficult mathematics. It provides many different and interesting examples from problems of fair sharing, bargaining to voting systems and many others. It is a perfect introduction to this subject too often quoted but too often misunderstood.”

Alan Kirman, Directeur d’études, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and Emeritus Professor, Aix-Marseille University


  • Game Theory
  • Economic Behavior
  • Non-cooperative Games
  • Cooperative Games
  • Prisoners' Dilemma
  • Bargaining Problems
  • Nash Solution
  • Utility games
  • Applications of Game Theory
  • Voting and Power
  • Voting Games

Authors and Affiliations

  • Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

    Pierre Dehez

About the author

Pierre Dehez is a professor emeritus at the University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He was previously a professor at the European University Institute in Florence (1983-1989) and at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (1991-1992). He has held visiting positions at the University of Illinois and at various European universities, including Bonn, Strasbourg, Cergy-Pontoise, and Nancy. He is presently an external professor at the University of Pisa, Italy. His research areas cover general equilibrium and game theory.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Game Theory for the Social Sciences

  • Book Subtitle: Conflict, Bargaining, Cooperation and Power

  • Authors: Pierre Dehez

  • Series Title: Springer Series in Game Theory

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-58240-0Due: 14 September 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-58243-1Due: 14 September 2025

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-58241-7Due: 14 September 2024

  • Series ISSN: 1868-517X

  • Series E-ISSN: 1868-5188

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 289

  • Number of Illustrations: 117 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour

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