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An evolutionary game theory approach to cooperation among political elites
An evolutionary game theory approach to cooperation among political elites

Author(s): Mateusz Wajzer, Monika Cukier-Syguła
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Political behavior, Politics and society
Published by: Univerzita Karlova, Fakulta sociálních věd, Katedra politologie Institutu politologických studií
Keywords: Political elites; human cooperation; evolutionary game theory; single-population model; two-population model; standard replicator dynamics; Stag Hunt game; Chicken game

Summary/Abstract: Political elites are the foundation of contemporary representative democracies. This reality highlights the unique scientific and practical significance of studies on political elites. The paper presents a non-standard research approach. Some aspects of using evolutionary game theory models to study the evolution of cooperative behaviours among representatives of political elites are presented. To that end, two models of 2 × 2 games were developed: a single-population and a two-population model. The first one assumes the existence of interactions between representatives of the same population, while the second focuses on interactions among individuals from two different populations. The analyses used two interaction schemes: Stag Hunt and Chicken. Standard replicator dynamics was employed to describe the evolutionary process. The results of the analyses are presented in a graphic form in phase diagrams. The presented approach should be treated as a supplement to traditional research approaches used in social sciences rather than as an alternative.

  • Issue Year: 11/2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 1-12
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English