The partial government shutdown as a game of chicken

President Trump wants Congress to fund a border wall; the Democrats, who now have regained control of the House of Representatives, do not want to fund a border wall. Which side will “swerve” first? The Game of Chicken, along with the Prisoner’s Dilemma and the Battle of the Sexes, is one of the ways in which this political conflict can be modeled. Here is the Wikipedia entry for the Game of Chicken; here is a memorable example of Chicken from the movie “Footloose”.

Bayesian Update (6pm/18h): As I replied to Kathy H. in the comments section, I find it fascinating that in this particular case the intransigence of both sides is due to their moralizing of the border wall, which suggests an inverse relationship between the ability to reach a pragmatic compromise and the strength of one’s moral convictions!

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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4 Responses to The partial government shutdown as a game of chicken

  1. Kathy H says:

    You may call it a game of chicken, but I call it a game of idiots!!

    • What I find so fascinating here is that the intransigence of both sides is due to their moralizing of the wall, so there seems to be an inverse relationship between the ability to reach a pragmatic compromise and the strength of one’s moral convictions!

  2. Kathy H says:

    I think it is more personal. The desire to win no matter what the costs. Everything else is fantasy justification. There is no honesty in this process, just the desire to win.

  3. Reblogged this on prior probability and commented:

    Update (1/25): Looks like little-hands Trump is the chicken!

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