Article in Journal
Cairney P & Geyer R (2016) A critical discussion of complexity theory: how does ‘complexity thinking’ improve our understanding of politics and policymaking? (Forthcoming), Complexity, Governance and Networks.
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
complexity theory; complex systems; politics; policymaking
|Authors||Cairney Paul, Geyer Robert|
|Publication date online||2016|
|Date accepted by journal||18/08/2016|
Complexity, Governance and Networks