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Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy

Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy

Handbooks of Research on Public Policy series

Edited by Robert Geyer and Paul Cairney

Though its roots in the natural sciences go back to the early 20th century, complexity theory as a scientific framework has developed most rapidly since the 1970s. Increasingly, complexity theory has been integrated into the social sciences, and this groundbreaking Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy has brought together top thinkers in complexity and policy from around the world. With contributions from Europe, North America, Brazil and China this comprehensive Handbook splits the topic into three cohesive parts: Theory and Tools, Methods and Modeling, and Application.

Chapter 27: Conclusion: where does complexity and policy go from here?

Paul Cairney and Robert Geyer

Subjects: politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy

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After reviewing all of the chapters, trying to put them in a coherent order and then getting them edited and organized (with the help of our excellent Research Assistant, Nicola Mathie), what have we learned about the ‘state of complexity and policy thinking’, the nature of the ‘complexity dilemma’ that confronts academics and policy actors working in this area and some potential future directions?

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