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Why Is a Boycott of the Elections a Bad Idea?

Version 1 : Received: 3 August 2018 / Approved: 14 August 2018 / Online: 14 August 2018 (06:03:37 CEST)

How to cite: Eshaghi Gordji, M.; Askari, G.; Abdi, H. Why Is a Boycott of the Elections a Bad Idea?. Preprints 2018, 2018080247 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0247.v1). Eshaghi Gordji, M.; Askari, G.; Abdi, H. Why Is a Boycott of the Elections a Bad Idea?. Preprints 2018, 2018080247 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0247.v1).

Abstract

By studying game theory, 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 elections whether the opposition's boycott of elections is, in different circumstances, a defeated strategy. A strategy that its result in most cases is a failure or political suicide and the least possible consequence by the opposition. The findings of this article show that in general, it can be concluded that the election boycott strategy is a dominated strategy, and most of the opposition groups that have used it have failed and they donated the playground to the ruling group.

Subject Areas

game theory; matching pennies game; opposition parties; election boycott

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