Global Challenges, Governance, and Complexity
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Global Challenges, Governance, and Complexity

Applications and Frontiers

Edited by Victor Galaz

There is an increased interest in integrating insights from the complexity sciences to studies of governance and policy. While the issue has been debated, and the term of ‘complexity’ has multiple and sometimes contested interpretations, it is also clear the field has spurred a number of interesting theoretical and empirical efforts. The book includes key thinkers in the field, elaborates on different analytical approaches in studying governance, institutions and policy in the face of complexity, and showcases empirical applications and insights.
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Chapter 10: Simple solutions for complexity?

B. Guy Peters, Jon Pierre and 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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