Governance and Complexity

Volker Schneider

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Governance and Complexity

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This article explores the way that complexity theories can support governance theory to sharpen its analytical focus and clarifies its analytical potential. It outlines the major variants of governance theory, their common core, and their relatedness to complexity theory, and considers the major orientations of complexity theory as initially developed in science and technology. The article argues that complexity theory offers a broader and deeper understanding of emergent mechanisms and modes of operation, and that governance analysis can learn a great deal from complexity theory.

Keywords: complexity theories; governance theory; emergent mechanisms; modes of operation; governance analysis

Article.  6087 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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