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Geyer and Cairney seek to improve policymaking by drawing on thetheory, concepts, tools, and metaphors of complexity. Their key aim is to advance “complexity thinking,” which describes a way tounderstand and explain the policymaking world. Bringing together a wide range of specialists to address these issues from variousangles, they examine how complexity thinking influences the study of fields such as law, philosophy, and politics, look at how to model ordescribe complex systems and explain the outcomes of real world events, as well as illuminate ways of translating complexity theoryinto simple policymaking advice. Twenty-seven chapters are divided into three parts: theory and tools; methods and modelling for policyresearch and action; applying complexity to local, national and international policy.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Though its roots in the natural sciences go back to the early 20th century, complexity theory as a scientific framework has developed most rapidly since the 1970s. Increasingly, complexity theory has been integrated into the social sciences, and this groundbreaking Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy has brought together top thinkers in complexity and policy from around the world. With contributions from Europe, North America, Brazil and China this comprehensive Handbook splits the topic into three cohesive parts: Theory and Tools, Methods and Modeling, and Application.