Understanding Change / Edition 1

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Distinguished researchers from across the globe assess, in a rare example of successful cross-disciplinary engagement, the explanatory power of chaos theory, new evolutionary theory, path dependency, neo-institutional economics, multiple modernities and historical institutionalism. The book provides an exciting panorama of state of the art thinking and new avenues to combining the power of various traditions of thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403939418
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Andreas Wimmer is Professor of Sociology at UCLA. Reinhart Kössler is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Munster, Germany.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
• Notes on Contributors
• Introduction: Models, Methodologies, and Metaphors on the Move; A.Wimmer
• Climate Change; Complexity, Chaos and Order; P.Higgins
• Chaos in Social Systems: Assessment and Relevance; L.D.Kiel
• Economics, Chaos and Environmental Complexity; H-W.Lorenz
• The Topology of the Possible; W.Fontana
• Neutrality as a Paradigm of Change; R.Stichweh
• Using Evolutionary Analogies in Social Science: Two Case Studies; E.Chattoe
• The Grip of History and the Scope for Novelty: Some Results and Open Questions for Path Dependence in Economic Processes; C.Castaldi & G.Dosi
• Analyzing Path Dependence: Lessons from the Social Sciences; J.Mahoney
• Path Dependence and Historical Contingency in Biology; E.Szathmáry
• The New Institutional Economics: Can It Deliver for Change and Development?; J.B.Nugent
• Institutions, Politics and Culture: A Case for 'Old' Institutionalism in the Study of Historical Change; J.Harriss
• Exporting Metaphors, Concepts and Methods from the Natural Sciences to the Social Sciences and Vice Versa; R.Gadagkar
• The Concept of Multiple Modernities in the Framework of a Comparative Evolutionary Perspective; S.N.Eisenstadt
• On Modernity and Wellbeing; O.Stark
• Multiplicity in Non-Linear Systems; S.Sinha
• Historical-Institutionalism in Political Science and the Problem of Change; E.M.Immergut
• Social Science and History: How Predictable Is Political Behaviour? R.Congleton
• Reconstructing Change in Historical Systems: Are There Commonalities Between Evolutionary Biology and the Humanities?; J.Cracraft
• Conclusion: History, Uncertainty, and Disciplinary Difference. Concluding Observations by a Social Scientist; R.Kössler

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