Games Real Actors Play: Actor-centered Institutionalism In Policy Research (Google eBook)

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Westview Press, Sep 1, 1997 - Mathematics - 318 pages
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Games Real Actors Play provides a persuasive argument for the use of basic concepts of game theory in understanding public policy conflicts. Fritz Scharpf criticizes public choice theory as too narro

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Policy Research in the Face of Complexity
ActorCentered Institutionalism
Actor Constellations
Unilateral Action in Anarchic Fields and Minimal Institutions
Negotiated Agreements
Decisions by Majority Vote
Hierarchical Direction
The union view
Historical sequences of coordination and politics games
Appendix 2 Efficient SelfCoordination in Policy Networks
Ideal types of negotiations
Problem Solving
Welfare effects of dictatorial coalitions
Search costs and welfare effects

Varieties of the Negotiating State
Appendix LA GameTheoretical Interpretation
Inflation and unemployment in OECD countries 19731983
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Page 38 - ... systems of rules that structure the courses of actions that a set of actors may choose.
Page 247 - ELABORATED in this book: that people can coordinate with each other without anyone's coordinating them, without a dominant common purpose, and without rules that fully prescribe their relations to each other.
Page 30 - Instead, we should concentrate on specifying small and medium-sized mechanisms for human action and interaction - plausible, frequently observed ways in which things happen.
Page 30 - The development and use of a general framework helps to identify the elements and relationships among these elements that one needs to consider for institutional analysis. Frameworks organize diagnostic and prescriptive inquiry. They provide the most general list of variables that should be used to analyze all types of institutional arrangements.
Page 49 - James Duesenberry's quip that "economics is all about how people make choices; sociology is all about how they don't have any choices to make
Page 247 - A set of decisions is coordinated if adjustments have been made in...
Page 153 - government by the people" can be only approximated, citizens of democratic societies should expect "government for the people" to confer output-oriented legitimacy on policy-making arrangements. As Scharpf sees it, "output-oriented notions refer to substantive criteria of buon governo, in the sense that effective policies can claim legitimacy if they serve the common...

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Fritz W. Scharpf is codirector of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany, and a former director of the International Institute of Management and Administration, Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin. He has taught at the Yale Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and at the University of Konstanz. He has published widely on constitutional law, democratic theory, policy formation and policy implementation, political economy, negotiation theory, and game theory.

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