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As Pete knows, sports and games provide good models for explaining some of these things. It is a shame that so much effort went into the mathematical analysis of two-person games instead of the game of cricket (without using maths). This piece dates from 1970 (coincidentally while the Australians were playing India, as they are doing this week) but I only got around to tidying it up recently.

http://www.the-rathouse.com/EvenMoreAustrianProgram/OffspinneronReductionvsExistence.html

In this analysis the rules of the game stand in for all the institutional factors in a social context.

Sports and games provide good models for explaining some of these things. It is a shame that so much effort went into the mathematical analysis of two-person games instead of the game of cricket (without using maths). This piece dates from 1970 (coincidentally while the Australians were playing India, as they are doing this week) but I only got around to tidying it up recently.

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