A Mark in Time Saves Nein

Bruce Bueno De Mesquita, A. F K Organski

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    A method for predicting political interactions and policy outcomes based on two political theorems is presented and illustrated with an examination of the decision to merge the two German currencies. Political perceptions and actions are anticipated by combining the substantive knowledge of area experts with the theoretical insights embedded in the median voter theorem and a monotonicity theorem that links expectations to probabilistic statements of action. The proposed model has proven accurate about 90 percent of the time. The proposed forecasting method identifies a sequential strategy that may have been followed by Chancellor Kohl in forging the coalition needed to merge successfully the two German currencies. Using comparative statics, the analysis suggests how subtle and sophisticated Chancellor Kohl had to be to succeed in getting the policy outcome he desired despite stiff opposition.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)81-100
    Number of pages20
    JournalInternational Political Science Review
    Volume13
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1992

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    Bueno De Mesquita, B., & Organski, A. F. K. (1992). A Mark in Time Saves Nein. International Political Science Review, 13(1), 81-100. https://doi.org/10.1177/019251219201300106

    A Mark in Time Saves Nein. / Bueno De Mesquita, Bruce; Organski, A. F K.

    In: International Political Science Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, 1992, p. 81-100.

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    Bueno De Mesquita, B & Organski, AFK 1992, 'A Mark in Time Saves Nein', International Political Science Review, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 81-100. https://doi.org/10.1177/019251219201300106
    Bueno De Mesquita, Bruce ; Organski, A. F K. / A Mark in Time Saves Nein. In: International Political Science Review. 1992 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 81-100.
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