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Design of Instruction

Substantive Units to be Covered

1. Institutions, Bureaucratic Performance, & Political Behavior

2. Complex-systems, Agent-based, & Computational Models

3. Theoretical & Empirical Models in International Relations

Other Guest Lecturers

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Faculty Affiliates (2001-2004 EITM I-IV)


2002 EITM I Home (Harvard)

Contact: eitm@umich.edu Please direct further inquiries to the EITM coordinator (e-mail address above) at the Center for Political Studies of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models
 (15 June - 12 July , 2003) 

Institutions, Bureaucratic Performance,

& Political Behavior

(16 June - 21 July , 2003)

John Aldrich (Duke) & Arthur Lupia (Michigan)

Guests: David Epstein (Columbia) & Daniel Diermeier (Northwestern)

This week explores Empirical Implications of Institutional Models. It traces the origins, successful development, and potentially problematic aspects of the New Institutionalism, combining lectures and innovative class activities to understand modern studies of the causes and consequences of institutional choices. Activities use examples of bureaucratic performance and voter competence (plus Congressional organization, election laws, separation of powers, coalition bargaining, jury decision-making, political development, etc.). The week also addresses (a) some constructive debates on the appropriateness to political contexts of the modern proliferation of equilibrium concepts and statistical-estimation procedures, (b) how incomplete information affects institutional efficacy, and (c) innovative data-collection methods. Past work teaches critical lessons, but this week aims to improve the scientific and social value of new research, helping to shape the new new institutionalism


Lecture Notes:

Nash Equilibrium

Extensive Form Games

Aldrich & Lupia 1

Aldrich & Lupia 2

Aldrich & Lupia 3

Epstein 1

Epstein 2

Aldrich & Lupia 4

Aldrich & Lupia 5

Assignment (Epstein)