Lobbying Simulation Issues in Social Science

  • Rieko Fujita Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • Tokuro Matsuo Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
  • Tetsuya Oishi Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
  • Teruhisa Hochin Kyoto Institute of Technology
Keywords: lobbying, persuasion, negotiation, agents, discussion, interdisciplinary study


In this paper we explain about lobbying and its agent-based simulations in agent field that hasn’t been done in social sciences and engineering. Lobbying research is studied in political science and has been provided a lot of contributions in social science, however these are not analyzed by computational methods. Thus, we show our conducted simulation and show the process of persuading and persuasion in lobbying the interaction and the changing of opinion of group the process of persuasion at Lobbying. We analyze the process of changing of agents’ thoughts and believes when they make interactions with each other in lobbying. To clarify the background in lobbying research, we introduce several existing contributions and discuss them in each research field including cultural research, organizational research, sociological research, political science research, and social psychological research, respectively.


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