PS 836 Formal Models of Domestic Politics

This course presents an overview of formal models of domestic politics. It builds directly on the material covered in PS 835, which provides the tools used in applied modeling. The course should be of interest to political scientists in various subfields, including comparative politics and American politics, as well as to social scientists from other disciplines with an interest in politics. More generally, the material should be useful to any students who want practice in modeling, whatever their substantive interests. Students who have not taken PS 835 should have a background in game theory equivalent to what that course offers. In addition, it is important to be familiar at the start of the semester with the basics of differential and integral calculus.