Response to Randall Stone heresy or scientific progress?

Steven J. Brams

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    Randall Stone's critique of theory of moves (TOM) is motivated by a desire to purge game theory of TOM's alleged "backsliding" and restore its superior orthodoxy. But Stone's indictment is marred by serious misunderstandings of TOM and unfortunate misconceptions about what constitutes a scientific theory and how it should be applied and tested. The author rebuts Stone's charges and briefly discusses a new area for which TOM seems especially well suited - the study of path dependence - suggesting how TOM can contribute to the understanding of when actors make seemingly irrational choices that lead to immediately worse outcomes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)245-254
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 2001

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business, Management and Accounting
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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