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Agent-based modeling and policy advice

Handbook Digitization in State and Administration pp 111-122 | Cite as

  • Florian Eyert
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The computer simulation method of agent-based modeling is a new type of analysis tool that is increasingly used in advising on political action and is characterized by its handling of complexity, its experimentality and its degree of formality. In practical application, for example in the design of infrastructure, health or economic systems, it finds itself in a field of tension between scientific problem solving and political legitimacy. Despite the risks and limitations, increased use can be expected in the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society / Berlin Science Center for Social ResearchBerlinGermany