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Complexity and the Art of Public PolicySolving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up$
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David Colander and Roland Kupers

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169132

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169132.001.0001

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Government With, Not Versus, the Market

Government With, Not Versus, the Market

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(p.19) Chapter 2 Government With, Not Versus, the Market
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Complexity and the Art of Public Policy
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David Colander

Roland Kupers

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169132.003.0002

This chapter argues that the duality of market versus government is a product of the standard economic policy frame itself. That duality disappears in the complexity frame—but inevitably other contrasts appear. Within a complexity frame, both the more active top-down “government” solution and the less active bottom-up “market” solution are seen as having evolved from the bottom up. Within this frame, the policy solution is an element of the system, not outside it. Thus, if the solution includes direct government involvement, it is as “natural” a solution as one with less government. More government control simply reflects a more primitive bottom-up choice of society. The policies incarnate in that choice may well ossify and become a locked-in way of governing, but they do not exist outside of society. The existing government is simply a bottom-up solution to previous problems.

Keywords:   market duality, complexity frame, policymaking, government, economic policy

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