Representing the Agenda-Setting Process with Chemical Game Theory

Open Access
Author:
Srinivasan, Sneha
Area of Honors:
Chemical Engineering
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Darrell Velegol, Thesis Supervisor
  • Enrique Daniel Gomez, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • agenda-setting
  • Chemical Game Theory
  • Tragedy of the Commons
Abstract:
The purpose of this thesis is to represent the agenda-setting process within the framework of Chemical Game Theory. The framework of Chemical Game Theory improves the analysis of decision-making processes by incorporating aspects that are excluded in Classical Game Theory. Currently, political scientists represent agenda-setting through qualitative means. This thesis will potentially transform the research by framing this process using tools within chemical engineering, fitting the process as a tragedy of the commons problem, and including heterogeneous players who have varying amounts of control over the outcome. As an application of this work, this thesis will examine Lyme disease policy in order to apply the representation to a current overlooked issue. Ultimately, this representation will be able to examine other issues that do not appear on the agenda.