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Title: A critical discussion of complexity theory: how does ‘complexity thinking’ improve our understanding of politics and policymaking?
Authors: Cairney, Paul
Geyer, Robert
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Keywords: complexity theory
complex systems
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Baltzer Science
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
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Politics
Lancaster University

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