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A critical discussion of complexity theory: how does ‘complexity thinking’ improve our understanding of politics and policymaking? (Forthcoming)

Citation
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.

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

Keywords
complexity theory; complex systems; politics; policymaking

StatusAccepted
AuthorsCairney Paul, Geyer Robert
Publication date online2016
Date accepted by journal18/08/2016
PublisherBaltzer Science
ISSN 2214-2991
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Complexity, Governance and Networks

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