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The Governance of Complexity and the Complexity of Governance, Revisited.

Jessop, Bob (2005) The Governance of Complexity and the Complexity of Governance, Revisited. In: Complexity, Science and Society Conference, 2005-09-112005-09-14, Liverpool, UK. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Complexity is complex. This is reflected, especially in the social sciences, in the status of complexity as a chaotic conception. Thus I must first reduce the complexity of complexity in order to connect it to governance rather than another topic. Indeed, faced with complexity, such acts of simplification are inevitable for any agent or operating system. This is because ontological complexity enforces selection on natural and social systems alike. One way to classify and interpret such systems is in terms of how they select selections. For social systems this involves simplification through specific meaning systems, forms of representation, and limited action repertoires. Thus we should examine the selectivity of systems and the reflexivity of agents and explore the dialectic between the complexity of the real world and the manner in which the real world comes to be interpreted as complex. Issues of governance enter here because, if complexity is a feature of the real world (and not just a social construction of particular observers of that world), it has serious implications for attempts to govern complexity. This paper revisits arguments about the governance of complexity presented ten years ago (Jessop 1997) and argues for �romantic public irony� as a response to recognition of the complexity of governance.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Journal or Publication Title: Complexity, Science and Society Conference
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Complexity ; governance ; meta-governance failure
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    ID Code: 218
    Deposited By: Professor Bob Jessop
    Deposited On: 12 Jun 2006
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Unpublished
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 02:00
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/218

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