Complexity and the art of public policy

Roland Kupers interviewed by Viv Davies, 25 Jul 2014

Complexity science is changing the way we think about social systems and social theory. Unfortunately, economists’ policy models have not kept up and are stuck in either a market fundamentalist or government control narrative. This Vox Talk argues for a new, more flexible policy narrative, which envisions society as a complex evolving system that is uncontrollable but can be influenced.

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Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society’s Problems from the Bottom Up (David Colander & Roland Kupers, 2014), Princeton University Press.

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