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KEUR 2370A - Strategic Decision Making

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Designed for students already introduced to the basics of EU politics, this course deals with positive political economy and public choice theory applied to the study of political conflicts, democratic institutions, and public policy. The course covers the main tools for the study of public choice (rational decision-making theory, game theory, social choice theory) and a number of both theoretical and applied topics, including the empirical study of institutions. It offers application to both European levels dynamics and national cases in Western Europe. Decision theory and game theory are the main tool boxes for this. Doing so, the course intends to equip students with new skills to analyse negotiation and bargaining. Hopefully, this would lead them to better perform in taking part in these situations.


SAUGER, Nicolas D. (Professor / Researcher at Sciences Po, CEE)

Pedagogical format

The course will be structured by core presentation from the professor, discussion of papers, and a number of exercices.

Course validation

Grading is based on an oral presentation (20%), two policy briefs (20% each), a short final exam (30%), and participation to the class (10%).


Students are expected to actively participate in the seminar, based on careful preparation of the topics covered. This especially includes weekly reading of academic pieces as well as study of related handbooks.

Required reading

D. Mueller, 2003, Public Choice III, Cambridge University Press.