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Political Attitudes

Computational and Simulation Modelling

Camelia Florela Voinea



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John Wiley & Sons Inc
05 August 2016
Political Science has traditionally employed empirical research and analytical resources to understand, explain and predict political phenomena. One of the long-standing criticisms against empirical modeling targets the static perspective provided by the model-invariant paradigm. In political science research, this issue has a particular relevance since political phenomena prove sophisticated degrees of context-dependency whose complexity could be hardly captured by traditional approaches. To cope with the complexity challenge, a new modeling paradigm was needed. This book is concerned with this challenge. Moreover, the book aims to reveal the power of computational modeling of political attitudes to reinforce the political methodology in facing two fundamental challenges: political culture modeling and polity modeling. The book argues that an artificial polity model as a powerful research instrument could hardly be effective without the political attitude and, by extension, the political culture computational and simulation modeling theory, experiments and practice.

This book:

Summarizes the state of the art in computational modeling of political attitudes, with illustrations and examples featured throughout.

Explores the different approaches to computational modeling and how the complexity requirements of political science should determine the direction of research and evaluation methods.

Addresses the newly emerging discipline of computational political science.

Discusses modeling paradigms, agent-based modeling and simulation, and complexity-based modeling.

Discusses model classes in the fundamental areas of voting behavior and decision-making, collective action, ideology and partisanship, emergence of social uprisings and civil conflict, international relations, allocation of public resources, polity and institutional function, operation, development and reform, political attitude formation and change in democratic societies.

This book is ideal for students who need a conceptual and operational description of the political attitude computational modeling phases, goals and outcomes in order to understand how political attitudes could be computationally modeled and simulated. Researchers, Governmental and international policy experts will also benefit from this book.
By:   Camelia Florela Voinea
Imprint:   John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 161mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   568g
ISBN:   9781118833148
ISBN 10:   1118833147
Series:   Wiley Series in Computational and Quantitative Social Science
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   05 August 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Camelia Florela Voinea, Department of Political Science, International Relations and Security Studies, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Reviews for Political Attitudes: Computational and Simulation Modelling

From the outside the field of political science or studies seems left behind in terms of time, techniques and issues addressed. This book brings together, for the first time, the various strands that together might make up a new direction for the field - that of using computational approaches to understand how political attitudes, beliefs and thinking might result in the macro political outcomes reported in the press and media. There have been some brave researchers who have attempted to introduce computer models in the field, but they have been widely scattered and largely ignored. By bringing together all these approaches within a coherent framework the author shows how much work has been done and its future potential. But she also places these within a systematic framework showing how they might relate. The coverage of this book is astounding, covering history, theoretical bases, cognitive perspective, computational details and all the main approaches that have been developed. This makes the book a valuable reference work, enabling researchers to see the power of the approach and giving them a solid foundation from which to develop future work. Dr. Bruce Edmonds, Research Professor, Director of the Centre for Policy Modelling Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

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