Trust and Social Cohesion: An Agent-Based Model

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This study introduces an agent-based model of the interactions between members of an ethnically heterogeneous society, using inter-ethnic trust and trust
based on transaction history as the explaining factors. Preliminary tests of the model dynamics show that single shocks to social and inter-ethnic trust do not destabilize society sufficiently to explain the outbreak of violence. They do however provide a tool for group leaders to engage themselves as catalysts of distrust.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event4th ECPR General Conference - University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Duration: 6 Sept 20078 Sept 2007
Conference number: 4


Conference4th ECPR General Conference
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  • agent-based modeling
  • heterogeneous societies
  • ; inter-ethnic trust
  • regime type transition
  • scapegoating
  • social dynamics

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