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The book which was chosen for this review is Paradoxes in Politics written by Steven J Brams The book Paradox and Politics is an introduction to the nonobvious in political science When speaking about the book Paradoxes in Politics John A Ferejohn an associate professor of political science at the California Institute of Technology said a first-rate piece of work And insightful introduction to a mathematical reasoning in politics the book reads well is provocative and constitutes a convincing case for the use of mathematical models and thinking about a wide range of political issues Published by The Free Press a division of the Macmillan Publishing Co in New York City The book was first copyrighted in 1976 Steven J Brams also known for his other 15 books including Game Theory and Politics Dr Brams is also the publisher of over one hundred other papers on the subject of politics the first of which was published in 1966 Steven J Brams was born in Concord New Hampshire in 1940 Steven received his bachelors degree in Politics Economics and Science in 1962 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after which he received his PhD in Political Science 1966 at Northwestern Dr Brams now resides with his wife and two children in New York City NY where he teaches at the New York University in the Department of politics Paradox and Politics is divided into eight chapters the first being the Paradox of Second Best followed by Paradox of Voting Election Paradoxes Paradox of Cooperation Paradox of Inducement the Alabama Paradox Three Paradoxes of Power and concluding with a Paradox of Prediction These eight chapters examine several significant problems in political science whose commonly accepted answers are often contradicted by a more careful investigation The Author relates paradoxes to actual cases and data from voting in committees to arms races in international relations Brams demonstrates the value of and need for both
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