In this text, development studies encounters what is popularly known as "chaos theory" - ideas which in the natural sciences have usurped Newtonian certainties about the simple linearity of physical phenomena, causality and certainty. The author applies this to the processes of economic development ideas like uncertainty, complexity and unpredictability. Ranging over evolving economic thinking, specific country experiences and development issues, the book applies the key concepts developed by complex adaptive systems thinking. He looks at various aspects of the development process and demonstrates the limitations of linear thinking in an essentially non-linear world.
'Complexity theory has serious relevance for the social sciences. This book lays out a blanket challenge. Its critique ought to provoke significant debate' - Professor Barry Munslow, University of Liverpool 'The paradigm shift advocated in this book offers a sound theoretical structure for substantive progress in the field of development' - Hernando de Soto, author of The Mystery of Capital
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