Research report 2018 - Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Theoretical Models of Political Opinion Formation
Sven Banisch, Eckehard Olbrich und Jürgen Jost
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig
SummaryToday’s societies are facing extraordinary challenges that require democratically legitimised action. However, opinions regarding different issues — for instance on climate change or on the handling of increasing refugee movements — are sometimes deeply divided. The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Science coordinates the European project Odycceus which studies fundamental mechanisms of opinion dynamics for a better understanding of how social, cultural and topic-specific circumstances impact processes of political opinion formation.