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Stability of democracies: a complex systems perspective

Wiesner, Karoline and Birdi, A and Eliassi-Rad, T and Farrell, H and Garcia, D and Lewandowsky, S and Palacios, Patricia and Ross, Don and Sornette, D and Thebault, Karim P Y (0027) Stability of democracies: a complex systems perspective. European Journal of Physics.

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Abstract

The idea that democracy is under threat, after being largely dormant for at least 40 years, is looming increasingly large in public discourse. Complex systems theory offers a range of powerful new tools to analyse the stability of social institutions in general, and democracy in particular. What makes a democracy stable? And which processes potentially lead to instability of a democratic system? This paper offers a complex systems perspective on this question, informed by areas of the mathematical, natural, and social sciences. We explain the meaning of the term 'stability' in different disciplines and discuss how laws, rules, and regulations, but also norms, conventions, and expectations are decisive for the stability of a social institution such as democracy.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Wiesner, Karoline
Birdi, A
Eliassi-Rad, T
Farrell, H
Garcia, D
Lewandowsky, S
Palacios, Patricia
Ross, Don
Sornette, D
Thebault, Karim P Y
Keywords: democracy, stability, complex systems
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Dr Karim Thebault
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 17:45
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 17:45
Item ID: 15382
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Physics
Official URL: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-640...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1088/1361-6404/aaeb4d
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Science and Society
Date: 27 November 0027
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15382

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