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A Strategy of Violence?: Using Game Theory to Analyse Political Power in the Ancient Near East

Nurmikko-Fuller, Terhi; Nurmikko-Metsola, Sanna


Violence can be argued to be a powerful tool in securing and maintaining political power. In this interdisciplinary paper, a game-theoretical model is used in order to evaluate the role that the threat of violence has in the establishment and maintenance of control of a population, even when it is detrimental to collective well-being. The model is motivated by Assyriological data on violence. We use the model with a regional approach to describe the possible opportunities for maintenance of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Conference paper
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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