Coalition

A coalition is an alliance among entities (Stakeholder-s), during which they cooperate in joint action, each in their own self-interest. This alliance may be temporary or a matter of convenience. A coalition thus differs from a more formal covenant.

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Coalitions can be studied as games (Game Theory, Games Theory). The Nash Equilibrium defines conditions where rational players can benefit other players in the coalition.

cf Political Network


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