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Simulating the Bargaining Model of War

  • Kyle Haynes (a1)
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This article outlines a classroom simulation for teaching the bargaining model of war. This model has become one of the most important theories of international conflict, but the technical notation often used to illustrate it is troublesome for some students. I describe a simple card game that can be integrated into a broader strategy for conveying the bargaining model’s core insights. I also highlight ways in which the game can be modified to focus on different aspects of the model’s logic.

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Victor Asal . 2005. “Playing Games with International Relations.” International Studies Perspectives 6 (3): 359–73.

Robert Powell . 2006. “War as a Commitment Problem.” International Organization 60 (1): 169203.

Branislav Slantchev , and Ahmer Tarar . 2011. “Mutual Optimism as a Rationalist Explanation of War.” American Journal of Political Science 55 (1): 135–48.

Sarah M. Wheeler 2006. “Role-Playing Games and Simulations for International Issues Courses.” Journal of Political Science Education 2 (3): 331–47.

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PS: Political Science & Politics
  • ISSN: 1049-0965
  • EISSN: 1537-5935
  • URL: /core/journals/ps-political-science-and-politics
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