Voters' dissatisfaction, abstention and entropy: analysis in European countries
AbstractThis paper intends to explore the utilization of entropy through politics and election results, an area just slightly explored. It generalizes the interpretation of entropy, considering it a measure of dissatisfaction and disillusion of populations in relation to politics. Some phenomena like the increase of abstention in a country, consequence of the dissatisfaction of population and of their alienation in relation to politics could be detected and analysed. This discontentment could result, for example, in the appearance of new political parties, with more division of votes and increasing entropy (result of the discontentment and uncertainty by electors). Absolute majorities, while imply less dispersion of votes, are synonym of more confidence in a given party, making a reduction of entropy.
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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Entropy; Electoral Results; Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction of Population.;
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- C19 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Other
- D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-10-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2008-10-13 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-HAP-2008-10-13 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-POL-2008-10-13 (Positive Political Economics)
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