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Positive Political Theory II
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“A major piece of work . . . a classic. There is no other book like it.” —Norman Schofield, Washington University “The authors succeed brilliantly in tackling a large number of important questions concerning the interaction among voters and elected representatives in the political arena, using a common, rigorous language.” —Antonio Merlo, University of Pennsylvania Positive Political Theory II: Strategy and Structure is the second volume in Jeffrey Banks and David Austen-Smith’s monumental study of the links between individual preferences and collective choice. The book focuses on representative systems, including both elections and legislative decision-making processes, clearly connecting individual preferences to collective outcomes. This book is not a survey. Rather, it is the coherent, cumulative result of the authors’ brilliant efforts to indirectly connect preferences to collective choice through strategic behaviors such as agenda-selection and voting. The book will be an invaluable reference and teaching tool for economists and political scientists, and an essential companion to any scholar interested in the latest theoretical advances in positive political theory.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvii
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  1. 1. Preliminaries
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. Strategy-Proof Collective Choice
  2. pp. 19-68
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  1. 3. Implementable Collective Choice
  2. pp. 69-111
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  1. 4. Binary Agendas
  2. pp. 113-146
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  1. 5. Spatial Voting in Committees
  2. pp. 147-191
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  1. 6. Legislative Bargaining
  2. pp. 193-252
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  1. 7. Two-Candidate Elections
  2. pp. 253-332
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  1. 8. Multicandidate Elections
  2. pp. 333-390
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  1. 9. Legislative Elections
  2. pp. 391-417
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  1. 10. Summary and Conclusions
  2. pp. 419-427
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 429-444
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 445-454
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