Wenn Du gehst, geh ich auch! Die Rolle von Informationskaskaden bei der Entstehung von Massenbewegungen

Faculty/Professorship: Political Theory  
Author(s): Marx, Johannes  ; Klein, Dominik 
Title of the Journal: PVS Politische Vierteljahresschrift
ISSN: 0032-3470
Corporate Body: Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
Publisher Information: Baden-Baden : Nomos
Year of publication: 2017
Volume: 58
Issue: 4
Pages: 560-592
Language(s): German
DOI: 10.5771/0032-3470-2017-4-560
This paper studies the epistemic dynamics preceding the emergence of mass movements. By means of an agent-based simulation, we study the informational processes generating those shared attitudes towards a political system that are necessary for mass movements. We show that societies of lower mobility will structurally underestimate the potential for political change. Moreover, we find systematic differences in attitudes between critics and supporters of a regime. A side-effect of the emergent informational dynamics is that system critics will, over time, develop higher estimates of the potential for change than their less discontent peers.
Keywords: Collective action, regime change, agent-based simulations, informational cascades, revolutions
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/43956
Year of publication: 25. June 2018