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.
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- Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Complexity, power and policy
- Chapter 3: Complexity and real politics
- Chapter 4: Critical Legal Studies and a complexity approach: some initial observations for law and policy
- Chapter 5: ‘What’s the big deal?’: complexity versus traditional US policy approaches
- Chapter 6: Can we discover the Higgs boson of public policy or public administration theory? A complexity theory answer
- Chapter 7: The policymaker’s complexity toolkit
- Chapter 8: Effective policy making: addressing apparently intractable problems
- Chapter 9: Complexity theory and political science: do new theories require new methods?
- Chapter 10: Complexity modelling and application to policy research
- Chapter 11: Policymaking as complex cartography? Mapping and achieving probable futures using complex concepts and tools
- Chapter 12: The role of models in bridging expert and lay knowledge in policy-making activities
- Chapter 13: Modelling complexity for policy: opportunities and challenges
- Chapter 14: Using agent-based modelling to inform policy for complex domains
- Chapter 15: Local government service design skills through the appreciation of complexity
- Chapter 16: Managing complex adaptive systems to improve public outcomes in Birmingham, UK
- Chapter 17: Brazil and violent crime: complexity as a way of approaching ‘intractable’ problems
- Chapter 18: Educating for equality: the complex policy of domestic migrants’ children in China
- Chapter 19: The emergence of intermediary organizations: a network-based approach to the design of innovation policies
- Chapter 20: Complexity theory and collaborative crisis governance in Sweden
- Chapter 21: Going for Plan B – conditioning adaptive planning: about urban planning and institutional design in a non-linear, complex world
- Chapter 22: Complexity and health policy
- Chapter 23: A case study of complexity and health policy: planning for a pandemic
- Chapter 24: How useful is complexity theory to policy studies? Lessons from the climate change adaptation literature
- Chapter 25: Agent Based Modelling and the global trade network
- Chapter 26: The international financial crisis: the failure of a complex system
- Chapter 27: Conclusion: where does complexity and policy go from here?
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