Towards fundamental models of radicalization

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This paper proposes a multi-agent based model of radicalization, based on the theoretical framework from [1]. The model combines the need for significance with ideology and social group theory, in order to create radical behavior. With this model a first attempt is made for a fundamental model that can be used to get better insights in the mechanism behind radicalization. Results show that agents do radicalize and that this leads to the formation of isolated social groups. Furthermore, results show that radicalization does not just depend on a deviating mental attitude, but is a combination of individual and context characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Social Simulation
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 15th Social Simulation Conference: 23–27 September 2019
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity


  • Radicalization
  • Terrorism
  • Need for significance
  • Ideology
  • Social groups
  • Social simulation


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