Complex Systems Theory and Development Practice: Understanding Non-linear Realities

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Zed Books, 2002 - Business & Economics - 280 pages
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Here, for the first time, development studies encounters the set of ideas popularly known as 'Chaos Theory'. Samir Rihani applies to the processes of economic development, ideas from complex adaptive systems like uncertainty, complexity, and unpredictability. Rihani examines various aspects of the development process - including the World Bank, debt, and the struggle against poverty - and demonstrates the limitations of fundamentally linear thinking in an essentially non-linear world.
 

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Contents

ONE THE WHOLE CASE IN A NUTSHELL
1
TWO A FALSE SENSE OF ORDER
18
THREE ANCIENT ROOTS TO MODERN IDEOLOGIES
46
FOUR DAWN OF THE PROBABILISTIC AGE
65
FIVE LINEAR RECIPES FOR A COMPLEX WORLD
108
SIX THE WEALTH AND POVERTY OF NATIONS
141
SEVEN FREEDOM TO INTERACT
164
The Most Fundamental Threat
187
The Costly Inclination for People to Fight
214
Arms Sales in the Name of Peace
220
Weapons Do Not Reduce Conflict
226
Paradigms in Development
233
When Would Development Happen?
239
Encouraging Signs
246
The Agenda for Leading Powers and World Bodies
257
EIGHT CAPABILITY TO INTERACT
273

Dependency on Imported Food
196
Illiteracy Joins the Fray
206

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Dr Samir Rihani is a senior research fellow, at the School of Politics and Communication Studies, University of Liverpool. He is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. His long and varied career both in Britain and abroad has included lecturing, consultancy and public service. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS Trust.

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