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Electoral Results: Can Entropy be a Measure of the Population Dissatisfaction?

Author(s): Paulo Ferreira | Andreia DionĂ­sio

Journal: International Journal of Business and Management
ISSN 1833-3850

Volume: 7;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2012;
Original page

This paper intends to explore the utilization of entropy through politics and election results, a slightly exploredarea. It generalizes the interpretation of entropy, considering it a measure of dissatisfaction and disillusion ofpopulations in what concerns to politics. We can detect and analyze some phenomena, such as the increase ofabstention in a country, a consequence of the dissatisfaction of the population and their alienation related topolitics. New political parties can emerge due to the discontentment of the populations, leading to a largerdivision of votes and to the increase of the entropy (as a result of the discontentment and uncertainty of theelectors). Absolute majorities imply less dispersion of votes and are a synonym of a higher confidence in aparticular party, reducing entropy. Electoral results can also be influenced by particular phenomena, such as theterrorist attacks on the eve of the two last elections in Spain. These attacks had a great influence on the affluenceto the polls, as well as on the levels of entropy.
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