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January 31 – Game Theory

Avinash Dixit and Susan Skeath, Games of Strategy, New York:  Norton, 1999, pages 16-22 and pages 24-32.

February 2 – Sequential Move Games

Dixit and Skeath, pages 43-53 and 56-62.

February 7 – Simultaneous Move Games and Problems with Rational Choice

Dixit and Skeath, pages 79-93 and pages 97-99 and pages 107-115.

Green and Shapiro, Chapter 3, pages 33-46.

PART 2:  Descriptive Inference

February 9 – Describing Data

Neil J. Salkind, Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, 2nd Edition, Sage:  Thousand Oaks, 2004, pages 8-9, 274-277 and 19-41.

W. Phillips Shively, The Craft of Political Research, 3rd Edition, Prentice-Hall, pages 61-78 (page numbers refer to the 3rd edition while other Shively readings refer to the 4th edition)

Johnson, Joslyn and Reynolds, pages 305-324 and pages 340-350 (except section on statistical independence)

George Weinberg, John Schumaker, and Debra Oltman, Chapter 3:  “Variability and Measures of Variability” in Intuitive Statistics, 4th edition, Belmont, California:  Wadsworth, 1981, pages 28-40.

Salkind, pages 48-60, 64-66, 74-76.

--------------------------------------------HW 1 Due February 14 ---------------------------------------

February 14 and 16 – Conceptualization and Measurement

Jarol B. Mannheim, Richard C. Rich, and Lars Willnat, Empirical Political Analysis, 5th Edition, New York:  Longman Press, 2002, pages 51-56 and pages 62-67.

Johnson, Joslyn, and Reynolds, pages 81-92 (except sections on reliability).

Malcolm Gladwell, “Examined Life:  What Stanley Kaplan Taught us about the SAT,” The New Yorker, December 17, 2001.

Terry Karl, excerpts from “Imposing Consent,” in P. Drake and E. Silva (editors), Elections and Democratization in Latin America, 1980-1985, La Jolla, California:  Center for US-Mexican Studies, 1986.  pages 9-13 and pages 34-36.  

Terry Karl in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (editors), Comparative Political Dynamics:  Global Research Perspectives, New York:  Harper Collins, 1991, pages 163-165.  

Pamela Paxton, “Women’s Suffrage in the Measurement of Democracy:  Problems of Operationalization,” Studies in Comparative International Development, Fall 2000, Volume 35, Number 3, pages 92-111.

Alison Brysk, “The Politics of Measurement,” in Human Rights Quarterly 16:4.

Jerome Kirk and Marc Miller, Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research, Beverly Hills, Sage, 1986, pages 23-26 and pages 28-32.

February 21 and 23 – Sampling and Survey Research

   -- Principles of Sampling

Johnson, Joslyn, and Reynolds, pages 182-197

David Moore, Statistics:  Concepts and Controversies, 2nd Edition, New York, WH Freeman, pages 3-18.

Henry E. Brady and Gary Orren, “Polling Pitfalls:  Sources of Error in Public Opinion Surveys,” in Thomas E. Mann and Gary R. Orren (editors), Media Polls in American Politics, Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1992.

  -- Statistics of Samples

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