Organized social complexity: challenge to politics and policy

One striking feature of modern political and social development has been the construction of social systems encompassing more and more groups. The increase in social complexity, the authors of this volume contend, has reached a point where accepted concepts fail to describe social and political phenomena adequately. The studies in this book reevaluate traditional assumptions. Part One defines organized social complexity and discusses the effects of technological change. Part Two assesses national planning and systems analysis, approaches supposed to provide direct control over social matters. Part Three describes methodological aspects and research applications, and Part Four provides retrospective and prospective views of theories on social complexity.

Book contents:

  1. Organized Social Complexity: Explication of a Concept

  2. Complexity and the Limits of Human Understanding

  3. Organizational Complexity in the New Industrial State: The Role of Technology

  4. Complexity, Planning, and Public Order

  5. The Use of Systems Constructs in Simplifying Organized Social Complexity

  6. Analysis of Complex Systems: An Experiment and Its Implications For Policy Making

  7. On Studying the Future Behavior of Complex Systems

  8. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: A Case Study of Complexity in Educational Institutions

  9. Complexity as a Theoretical Problem: Wider Perspectives in Political Theory

  10. Complexity and Uncertainty: Challenge to Action