Nash equilibrium in politics

Demoex was designed to investigate what happens if the political debate is open on the Internet and all citizens that wish may take part and vote. The prerequisite was that the politicians would cooperate and participate. But they did not.

The politics in Vallentuna can be characterized by the Nash equilibrium. It is a game theoretical state named after Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash Jr, which means that no player has anything to gain by changing strategy alone. They must do it together with others to gain on the strategy shift.

Nash equilibrium occurs when all the players know how the others play. If each player has chosen a game strategy, and nobody benefits from changing strategy if the other continues with their strategies, so the sum of all strategic choices forms a Nash equilibrium. I would say it is normal in political assemblies where representatives follow the party line.

The political system prevented the politicians from participating in the democracy experiment. If only one politician joins the experiment, so there will be no debate on the web. A good debate needs separate views. Any politician who chooses to join the experiment takes the risk of being ostracized by the party friends.

5 Responses to “Nash equilibrium in politics”

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