Understanding Voting Behaviour in Complex Political Systems

Athanasios Lapatinas 1
  • 1 Department of Economics, University of Ioannina, P. O. Box 1186, 45110 Ioannina, Greece

Abstract

We suggest in this paper that voting in political systems can be profitably analysed using complex system analysis. We discuss how we can capture the complexity of voting behaviour by applying graph theory in networks and we develop a simplified theoretical model of voting choice adopting the basic heuristics of the behavioural decision theory. We feel that such a complex systems approach provides a superior basis for understanding voting behaviour compared to standard political economy analysis.

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