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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.

Originally published in 1975.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-11
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  1. List of Figures and Tables
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. PART ONE
  2. pp. 16-17
  1. 1. Organized Social Complexity:Explication of a Concept
  2. Todd R. La Porte
  3. pp. 18-36
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  1. Appendix I-A
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. Appendix I-B
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Technical Note
  2. Daniel Metlay
  3. pp. 41-54
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  1. 2. Complexity and the Limitsof Human Understanding
  2. Langdon Winner
  3. pp. 55-91
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  1. 3. Organizational Complexity in the New Industrial State:The Role of Technology
  2. J. Serge Taylor
  3. pp. 92-131
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  1. PART TWO
  2. pp. 132-133
  1. 4. Complexity, Planning, and Public Order
  2. John Gerard Ruggie
  3. pp. 134-165
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  1. 5. The Use of Systems Constructs in Simplifying Organized Social Complexity
  2. Jay D. Starling
  3. pp. 166-187
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  1. PART THREE
  2. pp. 188-189
  1. 6. Analysis of Complex Systems:An Experiment and Its ImplicationsFor Policy Making
  2. Garry D. Brewer
  3. pp. 190-234
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  1. 7. On Studying the Future Behaviorof Complex Systems
  2. Daniel Metlay
  3. pp. 235-265
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  1. Appendix A
  2. pp. 266-267
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  1. Appendix B
  2. pp. 268-270
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  1. 8. The Sorcerer's Apprentice:A Case Study of Complexity inEducational Institutions
  2. D.J. Nias
  3. pp. 271-293
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  1. PART FOUR
  2. pp. 294-295
  1. 9. Complexity as a Theoretical Problem:Wider Perspectives in Political Theory
  2. Harlan Wilson
  3. pp. 296-346
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  1. 10. Complexity and Uncertainty: Challenge to Action
  2. Todd R. La Porte
  3. pp. 347-371
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 372-385
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 386-389
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400869961
MARC Record
OCLC
933516430
Pages
390
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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