Special Issue "International Relations and Game Theory"

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. James P. Cross

European Politics Research Group, IFW D45.2, ETH Zürich, Haldeneggsteig 4, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland
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Phone: +41 78 909 3643
Interests: cooperative and non-cooperative game theory; social choice; rational choice institutionalism; European Union decision-making; Game theoretic approaches to politics and international relations; the empirical implications of theoretical models
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gerald Schneider

Department of Politics and Administrative Science, University of Konstanz, Fach D86, Universitätsstr. 10, D-78457 Konstanz, Germany
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Interests: political integration; peace and conflict; negotiation and mediation; comparative institutional analysis; political reform; political decision-making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, game theoretic approaches to the study of International Relations have proliferated, such that it is now an important methodological approach in the discipline. It is commonly held that international politics differs from domestic politics due to the absence of an overarching power enforcing rules and contracts at the international level. This lack of an overarching power, when combined with the high stakes in play, uncertainty about actor preferences and strategies, and variation in actors’ power to cooperate and coerce other actors when interacting, make international politics a fertile setting in which to develop and test game theoretic methods and models. For this special issue, we invite original contributions in the field of International Relations and international politics that utilize game theoretic approaches to inform our understanding of strategic interactions between actors in this setting. We are specifically interested in cooperative and non-cooperative approaches to understanding how state (and potentially non-state) actors interact with one another in an international context to produce the outcomes we observe in the absence of an overarching political power. Both theoretical and applied approaches are equally welcome.

Dr. James P. Cross
Prof. Dr. Gerald Schneider
Guest Editor


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Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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