Complexity, Institutions and Public Policy: Agile Decision-making in a Turbulent World

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Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011 - Political Science - 392 pages
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I think this is a very important book. Very few people in the social sciences write books on this topic and really do justice to complexity theory. Professor Room gives a very detailed, accurate and accessible review of complexity theory as it applies to
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
PART 1 Concepts
13
2 The complexity paradigm
15
3 Complex adaptive systems
33
4 The economy as a complex adaptive system
50
5 Institutional settings and architectures
65
6 Institutional dynamics
77
7 The struggle for positional advantage
90
12 Mobility on social landscapes
192
13 Towards a generic methodology
212
PART 3 Policies
235
14 Agile policymaking
237
15 Poverty and social exclusion
247
16 Social dynamics of the knowledge economy
267
17 Global turbulence and crisis
289
Tools for policymakers
306

8 Conceptualising social dynamics
101
PART 2 Methods
119
9 Attractors and orbits in dynamic systems
121
10 Patterns in time and space
147
11 Connections and networks
171

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About the author (2011)

Graham Room is Professor of European Social Policy at the University of Bath.

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