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|Title:||A critical discussion of complexity theory: how does ‘complexity thinking’ improve our understanding of politics and policymaking?|
|Citation:||Cairney P & Geyer R A critical discussion of complexity theory: how does ‘complexity thinking’ improve our understanding of politics and policymaking?, Complexity, Governance and Networks.|
|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|
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