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Governing Complex Systems: Social Capital for the Anthropocene

Oran R. Young


Governing for sustainability in a world of complex systems will require new social capital in the form of innovative steering mechanisms that differ in important respects from those familiar to us from past experience. Complex systems feature high levels of connectivity, nonlinear dynamics, directional change, and emergent properties. Creating effective governance arrangements in such settings calls for an ability to combine the durability required to guide behavior with the agility needed to adjust or reform institutional arrangements to cope with rapidly changing circumstances. Success in su ... More

Keywords: Anthropocene, complex systems, connectivity, directional change, emergent properties, governance strategies, nonlinearity, social capital

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035934
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oran R. Young, author
University of California, Santa Barbara