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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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Getting the Ecostructure of Government Right

Getting the Ecostructure of Government Right

(p.237) Chapter 13 Getting the Ecostructure of Government Right
Complexity and the Art of Public Policy

David Colander

Roland Kupers

Princeton University Press

In the complexity frame, governmental policy is best thought of as operating in ecostructure space where institutions are designed. Its goal is to foster the creation of an ecostructure space that encourages creativity and bottom-up initiatives that create the institutions within which incentives are created and goals are formalized. The goal in the complexity frame is not to foster any specific ecostructure, but to let the ecostructure emerge, adapt, and evolve, and that includes changing government itself. This chapter discusses alternative forms of government, and how if one is going to use top-down policies, the structure of government institutions might be changed to better achieve the desired results.

Keywords:   government, ecostructure, complexity frame

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