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Sociophysics pp 223-245 | Cite as

Basic Mechanisms for the Perfect Democratic Structure

  • Serge Galam
Chapter
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Abstract

The democratic majority rule voting in democratic bottom-up hierarchical structures is shown to produce under certain conditions dictatorship effects by keeping a minority in power against a huge increase of the opposition. No coercion is necessary, only democratic voting. This result sheds new light in particular on the internal strength of former communist organizations. It also provides a scheme to assess the conditions by which a minority extremist group can quickly get into power by democratic means and without any intermediate step. In turn, it also defines the conditions by which to avoid such a danger.

Keywords

Vote System Vote Process Current Majority Unstable Fixed Point Vote Function 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Serge Galam
    • 1
  1. 1.CREAParisFrance

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