Applications and Frontiers
Edited by Victor Galaz
This paper approaches social complexity and problem solving from the perspective of governance theory. Not unlike the increasingly complex problems facing contemporary states, providing governance to these societies involves much complexity as well. We explore the argument that solving complex problems does not always require policy makers to embrace that complexity by devising equally complex solutions. Instead, in some cases more simple strategies may be a more efficient way to address such problems. We discuss the potential of different governance arrangement to address complex societal problems and their capacity to deliver less complex models and strategies to cut through social complexities.
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