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What science can do for democracy – A complexity science approach

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 and Wiesner, Karoline (2020) What science can do for democracy – A complexity science approach.

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Abstract

Political scientists have conventionally assumed that achieving democracy is a one-way ratchet. Only very recently has the question of ‘democratic backsliding’ attracted any research attention. We argue that democratic instability is best understood with tools from complexity science. The explanatory power of complexity science arises from several features of complex systems. Their relevance in the context of democracy is discussed. Several policy recommendations are offered to help (re)stabilize current systems of representative democracy.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Eliassi-Rad, T
Farrell, H
Garcia, D
Lewandowsky, S
Palacios, Patricia
Ross, Don
Sornette, D
Thebault, Karim P Y
Wiesner, Karolinek.wiesner@bristol.ac.uk
Additional Information: Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 7 30 (2020)
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Economics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Social Psychology
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Karim Thebault
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 03:51
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 03:51
Item ID: 17482
Official URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-020-0518-0
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1057/s41599-020-0518-0
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Economics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Social Psychology
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 10 July 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17482

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