Groups or Individuals? Which are More Likely to Make Decisions in a Game Theoretic Way?

I haven't read the article below yet, but the findings in the abstract remind me of Condorcet's Jury Theorem, which uses math to show how a group (e.g. a jury) is more likely to reach a correct (and unbiased) decision compared to a single individual (e.g. a judge).

Groups Make Better Self-Interested Decisions

Gary Charness & Matthias Sutter
Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2012, Pages 157–176

Peter Lougheed could have been prime minister

Published Sept 17, 2012 in Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury

Robert Stanfield was often described as the best prime minister Canada never had. He was a great premier (Nova Scotia), became leader of the federal Progressive Conservative party, but had the ill fortune to appear on the national stage at the same time as Liberal Pierre Trudeau, to whom he lost three general elections in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

What about Peter Lougheed?

Engaging the Canadian State: Aboriginal Groups Have Four Options

Generally speaking, First Nations have four options when they choose to engage the Canadian state.  They can negotiate with the Crown to secure their rights and interests, but often the negotiating costs are high, as I argue here in my forthcoming book, or they produce results that are mixed, as political theorist Glen Coulthard argues here, or political scientist Martin Papillon argues

LISPOP Associate comments on Kitchener-Waterloo election

Published on The Canadian Press on September 8th, 2012.

"Political scientist Barry Kay at Waterloo's Sir Wilfrid Laurier University said Hudak should take the blame for losing the byelection, especially after blowing a Conservative lead heading into last fall's general election, allowing the Liberals to get a third term, although reduced to a minority".

The Flipped Classroom and University Education: A New Model for Teaching University Classes?

This year, I'm teaching a first year seminar (enrollment is 22 first year students) on "Understanding Power and Conflict Through Film: Making Sense of the Politics of the 21st Century." The idea for this course is to introduce students to some of the main conceptual tools that political scientists use to make sense of the world. My hope is that by the end of the course, the students will be able to apply political science concepts to any political situation they encounter in the news, etc.

Genetic Diversity and Economic Development?

The journal Science reports:

"The Long Shadow of Genetic Capital

Comparative analyses of human genomes have contributed to a spatiotemporal narrative that begins in East Africa and extends to the other continents. These historical traces reveal a decrease in genetic diversity as migratory distance from Addis Ababa increases. Ashraf and Galor present the hypothesis that genetic diversity has exerted a long-lasting effect on economic development

Was Kitchener-Waterloo a harbinger or aberration?

Published Sept. 10, 2012, in the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury.

Let’s return for a moment to last week’s provincial byelection in Kitchener-Waterloo. Does the outcome – an upset NDP victory – have real implications? Is it a harbinger of things to come in Ontario politics? Or is it an aberration, an oddity to be filed at Queen’s Park under the heading, “Weird Things that Happen in Byelections?”

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