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A NOVEL STRUCTURE MODEL OF SOCIETIES

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/D&NE-V3-N1-75-87

Volume

Volume 3 (2008), Issue 1

Pages

12

Page Range

75 - 87

Author(s)

H.H. KLEIZEN

Abstract

Sustainable development is an ongoing process which benefits from diversity in societies. In this paper, a novel structure model is presented allowing discussion of differences and similarities between societies differing in size and intentions such as cities, companies, and countries. The model uses a logarithmic distribution to classify a society into subsocieties. It then looks at the internal structure of societies in terms of these subsocieties and focuses on the largest subsocieties, in particular the three most densely populated ones. The model is applied to the world society and countries, the evolution of the European Union and discusses the effect of population size in societies with large differences in population but with the same internal structure: the world and the Dutch province South Holland. It is believed that this novel model contributes to the transparency of all kinds of societies and that they learn from each other thereby accelerating regional sustainable development for the overall benefit of the global community.

Keywords

cities, companies, countries, parliaments, population, provinces, society, structure model, sustainable development, world