Quality & Quantity

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 545–555 | Cite as

From the kinetic theory of active particles to the modeling of social behaviors and politics

  • Nicola Bellomo
  • Maria Letizia Bertotti
  • Marcello Delitala
Original Paper


This paper deals with the modeling of complex social systems by methods of the mathematical kinetic theory for active particles. Specifically, a recent model by the last two authors is analyzed from the social sciences point of view. The model shows, despite its simplicity, some interesting features. In particular, this paper investigates the ability of the model to describe how a social politics and the disposable overall wealth may have a relevant influence towards the trend of the wealth distribution. The paper also outlines various research perspectives.


Complexity Kinetic theory Nonlinearity Social systems Active particles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Bellomo
    • 1
  • Maria Letizia Bertotti
    • 2
  • Marcello Delitala
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaPolitecnicoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Metodi e Modelli MatematiciUniversità di PalermoPalermoItaly

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