Special Issue "Laboratory Experimental Testing of Political Science Models"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kenneth C. Williams
Department of Political Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Website: http://polisci.msu.edu/index.php/people/faculty/item/faculty/kenneth-williams
E-Mail: willia59@msu.edu
Interests: political behavior; political institutions; elections

Special Issue Information

Laboratory experiments allow for the testing of decision making models by making it possible to observe human behavior within a controlled environment where a model's variables can be isolated and measured. This method is particularly useful to generate data for models that take an axiomatic approach since in many instances no relevant field data are available to test the parameters of the model. In economics this method to produce data testing axiomatic models has approached mainstream status as evident by the latest two Nobel laureates in economics, Elinor Ostrom and Alvin Roth, who both used laboratory experiments in their research. This special issue explores laboratory experiments that examine political science models. These articles show the importance of this methodology in providing data and useful insights for political science questions.

Prof. Dr. Kenneth C. Williams
Guest Editor


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Published Papers (3 papers)

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Games 2014, 5(1), 26-52; doi:10.3390/g5010026
Received: 8 November 2013; in revised form: 17 January 2014 / Accepted: 30 January 2014 / Published: 14 February 2014
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Games 2013, 4(4), 624-647; doi:10.3390/g4040624
Received: 23 August 2013; in revised form: 17 October 2013 / Accepted: 28 October 2013 / Published: 11 November 2013
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Games 2013, 4(3), 375-397; doi:10.3390/g4030375
Received: 12 June 2013; in revised form: 9 July 2013 / Accepted: 24 July 2013 / Published: 2 August 2013
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Last update: 12 September 2013

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