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The Art of the Possible: Toward a Cognitive Model for Political Action Choice

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Edmonds, Bruce

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Abstract The consideration of political action by individuals is constrained by what those people consider possible, in terms of not only their immediate actions but also in terms of what changes in the world those individuals believe could occur because of their, or others’, actions. However, there are two major complications to this picture: (a) people are heavily influenced by others they are in social contact with in terms of both goals and assessment of possibility, and (b) since what people do is influenced by what world-changes they consider possible, and people know this, what can change is influenced also by what others think others around them think is possible. Politics thus involves complex processes at several levels, including: the spread of goals and possibility assessments throughout a local social network, and adjustments in what people think about others’ possibility judgments. An implementable cognitive model suitable for building into an agent-based model is proposed, drawing on existing cognitive structures to simulate social contact, goal-directed action choice, negotiation and social norms.
Keywords political culture; political action; political attitude; cognitive factors; simulation; protest; decision making; political lawsuit
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords cognitive modeling
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 1-14
Journal European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities, 3 (2014) 3
Issue topic Political culture models
ISSN 2285-4916
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works