Book – The aim for this book is to offer stimulus to those wishing to engage with the concepts and tools provided by the emerging paradigm of thought on complexity and at the same time to foster new debate on co-evolutionary issues within the social sciences. The book reflects the growing attraction for social scientists of investigations into the nature and evolution of complex dynamic processes, particularly as they affect human societies in a variety of environments, social, political and economic. More specifically, it identifies the need to move beyond the abstruseness of the current complexity discourse to explore real-world applications through a set of empirical examples that demonstrate the connections between abstract issues that have received mainly formal mathematical treatment and the problems faced by decision makers in the contemporary world. The wide variety of representations and explorations presented here – from archaeology through urban evolution, from industrial decline to the dynamics of innovation – suggests potentially fruitful directions for future research into the evolutionary and often counterintuitive behavior of socio-economic systems.
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