TRANSITIONS BETWEEN POLITICAL REGIME TYPES IN THE 20TH CENTURY: UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL-SCIENCE DATA WITH COMPLEXITY SCIENCE
Department of Physics and Astronomy University of Potsdam, Germany
The science of complexity has its roots in physics and mathematics. Today it has developed into a discipline that contributes to all areas of science and, more recently, also to humanities. I will discuss the fundamental concepts of complexity and explain how they translate from natural to social systems. I will then explore the possibility of doing quantitative political science inspired by physics. I will present recent results obtained on transitions between political regime types.