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This interview first appeared in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog on October 4, 2013.

[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/04/how-a-game-theorist-would-solve-the-shutdown-showdown/]

Daniel Diermeier is the IBM Distinguished Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practices at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management; he also holds appointments in law and political science and directs Kellogg’s Ford Motors Center for Global Citizenship. A political scientist by training, he has written extensively on formal political theory, game theory and other topics relating to the modeling of political institutions. We talked on the phone Thursday afternoon; a lightly edited transcript follows.

By Dylan Matthews, Published: October 4 at 9:00 am

Professor Diermeier examines the forces at work creating the dysfunctional situation of the U.S. Government shutdown.  He goes on to compare the U.S. system with that of Europe – drawing some interesting conclusions about how these types of negotiations will take different paths given the fundamental differences in government formation.

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