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Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up

David Colander and Roland Kupers


Complexity science—made possible by modern analytical and computational advances—is changing the way we think about social systems and social theory. Unfortunately, economists’ policy models have not kept up and are stuck in either a market fundamentalist or government control narrative. While these standard narratives are useful in some cases, they are damaging in others, directing thinking away from creative, innovative policy solutions. This book outlines a new, more flexible policy narrative, which envisions society as a complex evolving system that is uncontrollable but can be influenced. ... More

Keywords: complexity science, social systems, social theory, society, policy framework, bottom-up solutions, social entrepreneurship, ecostructure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691169132
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169132.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Colander, author
Middlebury College

Roland Kupers, author
University of Oxford