Using Soclab for a Rigorous Assessment of the Social Feasibility of Agricultural Policies

Using Soclab for a Rigorous Assessment of the Social Feasibility of Agricultural Policies

Françoise Adreit (Université Toulouse 2 - Le Mirail, France), Pascal Roggero (Université Toulouse 1 - Capitole, France), Christophe Sibertin-Blanc (Université Toulouse 1 - Capitole, France) and Claude Vautier (Université Toulouse 1 - Capitole, France)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0882-5.ch406
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Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical and methodological framework to take into consideration the social dimension in a sustainable development project. To do this, the authors have developed the SocLab software environment, which implements a formalization of a well-established sociological theory, and enables the modeling of social organizations, to analyze their properties and to simulate social actors’ behaviors. SocLab was used to assess the social acceptability of new agricultural practices more in line with the preservation of water resources and natural environments, in a well defined context. The paper shows how it was used and presents the main results.

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