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Universal Features of Group Decision Making

  • Serge Galam
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


Anyone familiar with the so-called Ising ferromagnetic model of modern statistical physics would certainly be tempted to make a connection with the behavior of people. Its major feature relies on its incredible universality. Many situations in the world are governed by the emergence of a global order from local interactions. It has proven very powerful in explaining the properties of many different physical systems. It is therefore a very appealing universal model, which could certainly also apply to a large spectrum of social situations. Any book on statistical mechanics will provide an introduction to the Ising model. Among them, I recommend the books by Pathria, Reif, and Ma [1, 2, 3].


Ising Model Social Representation Collective Choice Group Choice Social Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serge Galam
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  1. 1.CREAParisFrance

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