Complex systems theory and development practice: understanding non-linear realities

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Zed Books, Aug 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 280 pages
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
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TWO A FALSE SENSE OF ORDER
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THREE ANCIENT ROOTS TO MODERN IDEOLOGIES
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Samir Rihani is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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