Complexity and Co-Evolution: Continuity and Change in Socio-Economic Systems

Complexity and Co-Evolution: Continuity and Change in Socio-Economic Systems

By: James A. McGlade (editor), Elizabeth Garnsey (editor)Hardback

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This book applies ideas and methods from the complexity perspective to key concerns in the social sciences, exploring co-evolutionary processes that have not yet been addressed in the technical or popular literature on complexity. Authorities in a variety of fields - including evolutionary economics, innovation and regeneration studies, urban modelling and history - re-evaluate their disciplines within this framework. The book explores the complex dynamic processes that give rise to socio-economic change over space and time, with reference to empirical cases including the emergence of knowledge-intensive industries and decline of mature regions, the operation of innovative networks and the evolution of localities and cities. Sustainability is a persistent theme and the practicability of intervention is examined in the light of these perspectives. Specialists in disciplines that include economics, evolutionary theory, innovation, industrial manufacturing, technology change, and archaeology will find much to interest them in this book. In addition, the strong interdisciplinary emphasis of the book will attract a non-specialist audience interested in keeping abreast of current theoretical and methodological approaches through evidence-based and practical examples.

About Author

Edited by Elizabeth Garnsey, former Reader in Innovation Studies and Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK and James McGlade, Senior Research Scientist, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain and Research Associate, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK


Contents: Preface 1. The Nature of Complexity James McGlade and Elizabeth Garnsey 2. Evolution, Diversity and Organization Peter Allen, Mark Strathern and James Baldwin 3. Cities: Continuity, Transformation and Emergence Michael Batty, Joana Barros and Sinesio Alves Junior 4. Ecohistorical Regimes and La Longue Duree: An Approach to Mapping Long-Term Societal Change James McGlade 5. Restless Capitalism: A Complexity Perspective on Modern Capitalist Economies Ronnie Ramlogan and J. Stanley Metcalfe 6. Industrial Resilience and Decline: A Co-Evolutionary Framework James McGlade, Robert Murray, James Baldwin, Keith Ridgway and Belinda Winder 7. Diversity and Uniformity in the Evolution of Early Information and Communication Technologies Elizabeth Garnsey, Paul Heffernan and Simon Ford Afterword Simon Ford, Elizabeth Garnsey and Michael Lyons Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781845421403
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781845421403
  • ISBN10: 184542140X

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