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Devolution as an Opportunity to Test the Synergism Hypothesis and the Cybernetic Theory of Political Systems

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226116136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226116334.003.0008
Devolution as an Opportunity to Test the Synergism Hypothesis and the Cybernetic Theory of Political Systems

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This chapter explores the concept of devolution and its relation with Synergism Hypothesis and the cybernetic political systems. It argues that devolution provides an opportunity for testing the Synergism Hypothesis and the theory that functional synergies are the very cause of the differential selection and survival of complex systems and their cybernetic subsystems. This chapter cites some studies about political devolution, considers arguments for competing hypotheses, and provides a major example of political devolution.

Keywords: devolution; Synergism Hypothesis; cybernetic political systems; functional synergies; differential selection; complex systems; political devolution

Chapter.  8292 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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