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Project: Games Theory, Culture and Institutional Path Dependence

Games Theory, Culture and Institutional Path Dependence

There has been a prolonged effort in political science to understand the force and weight of history. This project uses an interdisciplinary effort involving ideas from political science, economics, game theory, and complexity theory that seeks to gain insight into the relationship between institutional choices and cultures. Analytic, computational and experimental methods are used to identify the mechanisms that explain how culture influences institutional choices, which in turn influences culture. This framework provides a means of producing path dependent behavior and path dependent choices over institutions, and the results have implications for the design of and choice over institutions.


Scott Page, Center for Political Studies (PI); Jenna Bednar, Center for Political Studies (Co-PI)



Department of the Army


Project Period

September 1, 2010 – April 30, 2014