Homoeconomicus said that humans have utility function. What about countries?
In other word is there a utility function whose maximization correctly predict countries’ behavior?
would a country’s best interest (utility function) would be whatever correctly predict the country’s action?
What does “American’s utility” function mean if there are 200 million different americans that want different things? The interest of their swing voters?
If countries have no utility function, how do we analyze and predict countries’ behavior?
This paper seems to talk about a country’s utility function: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1884588?uid=3738224&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&sid=47698830804037