Complex systems theory and development practice: understanding non-linear realities
Zed Books, 2002 M08 1 - 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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ONE THE WHOLE CASE IN A NUTSHELL
TWO A FALSE SENSE OF ORDER
THREE ANCIENT ROOTS TO MODERN IDEOLOGIES
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