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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A critical discussion of complexity theory: how does 'complexity thinking' improve our understanding of politics and policymaking?
Authors: Cairney, Paul
Geyer, Robert
Contact Email: p.a.cairney@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: complexity theory
complex systems
politics
policymaking
interdisciplinarity
policy studies
Democratic accountability
Pragmatism
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Cairney P & Geyer R (2017) A critical discussion of complexity theory: how does 'complexity thinking' improve our understanding of politics and policymaking?, Complexity, Governance and Networks, 3 (2), pp. 1-11.
Abstract: In this brief article, we present a critical discussion of complexity theory, asking: what does it really offer policy studies? We suggest that its stated advantages - interdisciplinarity, theoretical novelty, and empirical advance - are generally exaggerated and based more on hope than experience. In that context, we identify a cautiously positive role for complexity theory, primarily as a way to bridge academic and policymaker discussions and prompt important discussions of pragmatism in policymaking
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.20377/cgn-56
Rights: Published in Complexity, Governance & Networks by University of Bamberg Press to be published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license The original publication will be available at: https://doi.org/10.20377/cgn-56

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