TITLE

Vom Kosovo bis zum Irak -- Internationale Konflikte in spieltheoretischen Experimenten

AUTHOR(S)
Prosch, Bernhard
PUB. DATE
December 2007
SOURCE
Historical Social Research;2007, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p151
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Game theoretical dilemma situations are often used to model international conflicts. These models have the advantage that they isolate central conflict qualities and remain clearly structured even after adding new variables. Nevertheless, it is often ignored that conflict situations are conceived extremely subjectively, because they rely on individual evaluations, the particular focus, and context factors. Game theoretical experiments show that decisions depend strongly on the context factors in which they were presented to the subjects. This article introduces the results of new behavioral experiments. It focuses on experimental games which were presented against the background story of real international conflicts. Four real disputes have been selected: the Kosovo Conflict, the conflict in the Kashmir region, the Palestinian Conflict, and the Iraq War. In all four cases the experiments took place little time after the hot phase of the particular conflict. The results showed that the subjects behave more competitive if the experiment is equipped with background stories of real international conflicts as they do if there is no such background story at all.
ACCESSION #
27763820

 

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