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Tension Between Stability and Representativeness in a Democratic Setting

Abstract : We present a model showing the evolution of an organization of agents who discuss democratically about good practices. This model feeds on a field work we did for about twelve years in France where we followed NPOs, called AMAPs, and observed their construction through time at the regional and national level. Most of the hypothesis we make here are either based on the literature on opinion diffusion or on the results of our field work. By defining dynamics where agents influence each other, make collective decision at the group level, and decide to stay in or leave their respective groups, we analyse the effect of different forms of vertical communication that is meant to spread good practices within the organization. Our main indicators of the good functioning of the democratic dynamics are stability and representativeness. We show that if communication about norms is well designed, it has a positive impact on both stability and representativeness. Interestingly the effect of communication increases with the number of dimensions discussed in the groups. Communication about norms is thus a valuable tool to use in groups that wish to improve their democratic practices without jeopardizing stability.
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Victorien Barbet, Juliette Rouchier, Noé Guiraud, Vincent Laperrière. Tension Between Stability and Representativeness in a Democratic Setting. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, SimSoc Consortium, 2020, 23 (2), ⟨10.18564/jasss.4218⟩. ⟨hal-02551892⟩

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