Political Science and Multi-Agent Simulation: Affinities, Examples and Possibilities

  • Yamakage Susumu
  • Hoshiro Hiroyuki
  • Mitsutsuji Katsuma
  • Sakamoto Takuto
  • Suzuki Kazutoshi
  • Yamamoto Kazuya
Conference paper
Part of the Agent-Based Social Systems book series (ABSS, volume 3)


Domestic politics and international relations are fertile fields for the analysis using multi-agent simulation. Both theoretically and empirically, such a technique can serve the development of political science. To attract scholarly attention, some illustrative examples may be helpful. Herein, more or less realistic analyses of different types of interactions between different types of agents are outlined: (1) the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962; (2) three-layered interrelationship between voters, politicians and political parties; (3) the long-lasted civil war in the Sudan; and (4) trade friction in interdependent world. Note that the same “simulator” was used in all those analyses. This multi-purpose “simulator,” which has been developed in Japan, is introduced herein. Finally, some methodological possibilities are suggested.


Political Party Political Science Political Theory Electoral System Party System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yamakage Susumu
    • 1
  • Hoshiro Hiroyuki
    • 2
  • Mitsutsuji Katsuma
    • 3
  • Sakamoto Takuto
    • 3
  • Suzuki Kazutoshi
    • 3
  • Yamamoto Kazuya
    • 3
  1. 1.The Graduate School of Arts and Sciencesthe University of TokyoJapan
  2. 2.The Institute of Oriental Culturesthe University of TokyoJapan
  3. 3.The Graduate School of Arts and Sciencesthe University of TokyoJapan

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