What is Nolan chart in political science?

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  • This refers to a chart that maps political ideologies based on their support for economic and personal freedom.
  • It was created by American libertarian politician David Nolan in 1969 in order to provide an alternative to the traditional one-dimensional depiction of political positions between the left wing and the right wing.
  • In contrast, the Nolan chart is plotted across four quadrants on a Cartesian chart and provides broader criteria on which to evaluate political ideologies.
  • On the chart, political positions are classified based on the level to which they support or oppose the influence of government on the economic and personal freedom of individuals.