This course is an introduction to game theory, concentrating on applications in politics and public management. Game theory is the formal method of examining interdependent decisions. An interdependent decision is one where what you do will depend on what someone else does. For example, a politician running for office may consider how voters will react to an issue stance. Topics include prisoner’s dilemma, coordination games, signalling in politics, etc. Game theory provides tools for evaluating these situations. By the end of the course, students should be able to recognize strategic situations, apply formal models, and "solve" them.