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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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Implementing Influence Policy

Implementing Influence Policy

(p.195) Chapter 11 Implementing Influence Policy
Complexity and the Art of Public Policy

David Colander

Roland Kupers

Princeton University Press

This chapter first discusses the goals of complexity policy and how consideration of those goals is different than in the standard policy frame. It then discusses the way in which complexity models and tools can be and have been used. It argues that the goals of society are not compatible with the assumptions underlying the GDP maximization goal. To the degree that they aren’t, the exclusive focus on GDP is not a reasonable shortcut. The complexity policy frame does not change any of those issues; but it does encourage policy makers to think of goals first, and models second, and thereby make it less likely that they will be mislead by the shortcut.

Keywords:   complexity science, complexity policy, economic policy, complexity models

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