Why is a Boycott of the Elections a Bad Idea?

Posted: 20 Feb 2018 Last revised: 7 Aug 2018

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Madjid Eshaghi Gordji

Semnan Univesity - Department of Mathematics

Gholamreza Askari

Semnan Univesity - Department of Mathematics

Hamed Abdi

Shahid Beheshti University - Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ICBS)

Date Written: November 20, 2017

Abstract

By studying the game theory, we find that many games are related to each other and leave mutual effect on each other. In addition, we find that the Nash equilibrium does not exist in some games or, if there is in one, does not describe a real event. Here we show that the matching pennies game with pure strategy has the solution, but this solution is a game that happens simultaneously with this game. Using this solution, we will answer the Brookings Institution's question of boycotting the election whether the opposition's boycott of elections is, in different circumstances, a defeated strategy. A strategy that its result in most cases is failure and the least possible consequence by the opposition. In response to the Brookings Institution's question, one of the major issues facing political science theorists is whether the realization of democracy requires a consensus and a public agreement on the public sphere. So far, various answers have been given to this question. In this article, we will focus on the two key concepts of agonism and antagonism, while briefly reviewing the answers.

Keywords: game theory, matching pennies, opposition parties, election boycott

Suggested Citation

Eshaghi Gordji, Madjid and Askari, Gholamreza and Abdi, Hamed, Why is a Boycott of the Elections a Bad Idea? (November 20, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3125801 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3125801

Madjid Eshaghi Gordji

Semnan Univesity - Department of Mathematics ( email )

Semnan Province
Iran

Gholamreza Askari (Contact Author)

Semnan Univesity - Department of Mathematics ( email )

Semnan Province
Iran

Hamed Abdi

Shahid Beheshti University - Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ICBS) ( email )

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Tehran 19839
Iran

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