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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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The Lost Agenda

The Lost Agenda

(p.270) Chapter 15 The Lost Agenda
Complexity and the Art of Public Policy

David Colander

Roland Kupers

Princeton University Press

This book has discussed new techniques and methods to address the societal challenges we face. These new approaches change the way policy is framed. The book is an attempt to provide a new compass for policy discussions. This chapter discusses why the complexity frame matters; the evaporation of the optimism that existed in the twentieth century about our ability to deal with major societal challenges; the need for the government to create an ecostructure conducive to allow people the institutional space to self-organize in new ways to solve social problems; and how the complexity policy frame encourages individuals on all sides to be civil.

Keywords:   complexity policy, social policy, complexity frame, ecostructure

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