Overthrowing the dictator: a game-theoretic approach to revolutions and media

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Kiss, H., Rodriguez-Lara, I. and Rosa-García, A. 2017. Overthrowing the dictator: a game-theoretic approach to revolutions and media. Social Choice and Welfare. 49 (2), pp. 329-355. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00355-017-1067-3
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TitleOverthrowing the dictator: a game-theoretic approach to revolutions and media
AuthorsKiss, H., Rodriguez-Lara, I. and Rosa-García, A.
Abstract

A distinctive feature of recent revolutions was the key role of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube). In this paper, we study its role in mobilization. We assume that social media allow potential participants to observe the individual participation decisions of others, while traditional mass media allow potential participants to see only the total number of people who participated before them. We show that when individuals’ willingness to revolt is publicly known, then both sorts of media foster a successful revolution. However, when willingness to revolt is private information, only social media ensure that a revolt succeeds, with mass media multiple outcomes are possible, one of which has individuals not participating in the revolt. This suggests that social media enhance the likelihood that a revolution triumphs more than traditional mass media.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherSpringer
JournalSocial Choice and Welfare
ISSN0176-1714
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Online16 Jun 2017
Print01 Aug 2017
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Deposited07 Jun 2017
Accepted08 Jun 2017
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s00355-017-1067-3
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