Modeling Foreign Influence with Game Theory

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Game Theory".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 236

Special Issue Editors

Institut d’Anàlisi Econòmica (IAE-CSIC), Move and Barcelona School of Economics, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
Interests: game theory; public economics; political economics; industrial organization; conflict; foreign influence; cultural transmission of preferences; identity economics; nationalism
Dr. Toke Aidt
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, Austin Robinson Building, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DD, UK
Interests: political economics; public choice; economic history; institutions; international relations
Prof. Dr. Facundo Albornoz
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Guest Editor
School of Economics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
Interests: international economics; international relations; political economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In our interconnected world, economic and political interests inevitably reach beyond national borders. Since policy choices generate external economic and political costs, foreign state and non-state actors have an interest in influencing policy actions in other sovereign countries to their advantage. Foreign influence activities are widespread and an integral part of international political economy, as well as a potentially important determinant of public policy choices and institutional developments in other sovereign countries. This Special Issue of Games is devoted to studying foreign influence as a strategic choice, using game theory to model different foreign influence strategies and the choices among them. Some of the topics of interest include, but are not limited to, policy for aid deals, sanctions, regime interventions, interventions in foreign elections, interventions in civil war, peace-keeping operations, foreign lobbying and bribery, soft power interventions, foreign influence as a network phenomenon, and foreign intervention in cyberspace. We are interested in both game-theoretical as well as game-theoretically motivated empirical papers relating to the economics of foreign influence. We welcome authors with research on these topics to submit their contributions to this Special Issue of Games.

Dr. Esther Hauk
Dr. Toke Aidt
Prof. Dr. Facundo Albornoz
Guest Editors

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  • foreign influence
  • policy interventions
  • regime interventions
  • soft power interventions
  • conflict interventions

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