Some Applications of Basic Ideas and Models of Synergetics to Sociology

  • Arne Wunderlin
  • Hermann Haken
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 22)


We shall propose a general procedure how to apply synergetics to social processes, i.e. in which way one may translate social behaviour into mathematical structures. This is achieved by merely using macroscopic quantities like order parameters. This may at least partly remove the difficulties connected with the problem of measurability in social systems. Our ideas are exemplified by using models on the formation of public opinion. Furthermore we shall construct a minimal model for social processes which summarizes all ingredients of a synergetic system.


Control Parameter Public Opinion Social Process Local Group Central Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arne Wunderlin
    • 1
  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany

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