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Interested in Math and Politics?


If you have a strong background in math, statistics, physics, or economics, your skills are ideal for studying political science. In recent years, the use of mathematical models, game theory, and advanced statistical models in political science has grown tremendously. The Political Science Department at FSU is home to a number of professors who specialize in this area. They apply math and game theory models to a diverse set of research topics including: public policy, public choice, and environmental policy (E. Coleman); experimental game theory, voting, and collective action (J. Grosser); political violence, elections, terrorism, social identity and social networks (D. Siegel). Together, their research represents a wide range of cutting edge skills and topics. They are actively seeking prospective graduate students to join them in these exciting areas of study. To learn more, visit our department page at www.polisci.fsu.edu and click on the faculty links.

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Examples of Formal Theory by FSU Faculty

Ahn, TK, and Justin Esarey. "A Dynamic Model of Generalized Social Trust." Forthcoming at the Journal of Theoretical Politics.
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Grosser, Jens and Arthur Schram 2002 “Neighborhood Information Exchange and Voter Participation: An Experimental Study” American Political Science Review (100:2).
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Goeree, Jacob and Jens Grosser 2007. “Welfare Reducing Polls” Economic Theory (31). Link to paper

Golder, Sona. The Logic of Pre-election Coalition Formation Chapter 3. The Ohio State University Press.
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Clark, William Roberts, Matt Golder, Sona Golder. “The Balance of Power Between Citizens and the State: Democratization and the Resources Curse” Working Paper, 2007. Link to Paper

Kemahlioglu, Ozge. "When are Patronage Jobs too Many? Party Leadership Competition and Its Effects on Clientelism in the Case of Argentina" Working Paper, 2007.
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Examples of Formal Theory in Political Science

Serena Guarnaschelli, Richard D. McKelvey, and Thomas R. Palfrey 2000. "An Experimental Study of Jury Decision Rules" APSR 94(2).
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Torben Iversen; David Soskice "An Asset Theory of Social Policy Preferences The American Political Science Review, Vol. 95, No. 4. (Dec., 2001), pp. 875-893.
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William Reed "Information, Power, and War"
The American Political Science Review, Vol. 97, No. 4. (Nov., 2003), pp. 633-641.
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