4. 4. 2013. Seminar: Marija Mitrović


Thursday 4 April 2013 at 2PM
IPB Library

Марија Митровић
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science, Aalto University, Finland

Universality in voting behavior


Statistical physics provides a conceptual framework for studying large-scale social phenomena. Elections represent a valuable area for quantitative study of human behavior. In proportional elections with open lists, the performance of the candidates within the same party list has the same distribution regardless of the country and the year of the election. The study of election data sets from  different countries with open-list proportional systems confirms that nations with similar election rules belong to the same universality class. Deviations from this trend are associated with differences in the election rules. Our analysis reveals that voting process is characterized by the dynamics that does not depend on the historical, political or economical context where the voters operate.