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Game theory offers a better way forward in Britain’s EU drama

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📥  EU Referendum, Public Policy, The Conversation

The way that the EU referendum campaigns – both for and against British membership of the bloc – have been handled has been redolent of game playing. As an academic who studies game theory, a number of parallels are evident. And, from the displays of nastiness on both sides of the campaign, it is clear that Britain needs to forge a more productive path forward in its relationship with the EU – whether it remains or leaves. My work on a new type of game theory may offer some insights.

From the moment David Cameron went to Brussels in February 2016 to secure better terms for Britain’s EU membership, the games began. Having already promised a referendum on Britain’s EU membership, he was no doubt hoping to use the shadow of a Brexit vote as a bargaining chip in his negotiations.

Essentially, he argued that if the other leaders agreed to the UK’s demands for concessions, he would be able to convince the British public to vote to remain in the EU. If the UK didn’t get what it wanted, the implication was that Britain would exit and weaken the EU for the remaining nations. The looming referendum was designed to increase the UK’s bargaining power, but it fell flat and the other leaders called his bluff, making limited concessions.

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VIDEO: To vote or not to vote?

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📥  Election 2015

Who will vote in the General Election and how will they vote? From Russell Brand's comments on not voting, to concerted campaigns to get more people registered to vote, the issue of turnout on Thursday is likely to have a big impact on the overall election results.

In our latest election video, researcher from the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies, Dr Aurélien Mondon, asks 'does abstention mean people aren't interested in politics?'

"The problem today is that we only see politics as voting.

"Turnout doesn't necessarily mean that people are interested in politics. Some people come out to vote because they think it's their duty. Similarly, people not turning out to vote doesn't mean that they are switched off.

"The 35 per cent or so who will not turn out to vote next week might not be alienated or disengaged from politics. They might just chose to do politics differently."

Dr Aurélien Mondon, Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

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