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Gaming Political Science

Executive Power

Cap and Trade Simulation

Available from the Environmental Protection Agency, in this simulation students "act as an environmental compliance officer at an electric power plant located in the fictitious country of "Ecoland." They are asked to develop a compliance strategy that will allow your facility to meet emission limits (or cap) while still generating enough electricity to meet customer demand." The two simulations available cover sulfur dioxide for acid rain and carbon dioxide for climate change. Available for free.

Articles, Books, and Conference Papers

Pace, David, et al. 1990. “Structure and Spontaneity: Pedagogical Tensions in the Construction of a Simulation of the Cuban Missile Crisis.” The History Teacher 24(1): 53-65. Abstract

Preston, Thomas. 1998. “Securing Tomorrow: A U.S. National Security Policy Making Simulation.” Washington State University.

Rackaway, Chapman, and Brent J. Goertzen. 2008. “Debating the Future: A Social Security Political Leadership Simulation.” Journal of Political Science Education 4(3): 330-40. Abstract

Zaino, Jeanne S., and Tricia Mulligan. 2009. “Learning Opportunities in a Department-Wide Crisis Simulation: Bridging the International/National Divide.” PS: Political Science and Politics 42(3): 537-42. Abstract