Sociocybernetic paradoxes: observation, control and evolution of self-steering systems

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In this stimulating work, thirteen distinguished scholars examine and aim to reconcile the paradox that social systems tend to steer themselves with the knowledge that they are, at the same time, subject to steering and control from outside. 'Sociocybernetics' is the term they have coined to describe the tools used in the analysis of this paradox; tools which have themselves evolved from and influenced cybernetics and general systems theory.

Sociocybernetic Paradoxes surveys both the possibilities and limitations of cybernetics in the analysis and treatment of social problems: Part One looks at concrete experiences of the steering of specific social systems; Part Two examines the planning, hierarchy and views of society and also the role of social science within it; and Part Three presents the wider context of governing and planning social systems.

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a sociocybernetic approach to theory
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Mental health service delivery systems in the United
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Improvement of selfsteering through support systems
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FELIX GEYER is the Scientific Coordinator of SISWO, the Netherlands Universities' Institute for Coordination of Research in the Social Sciences.

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