Research Colloquium on Computational Social Science/Data Sciences
Apr 3, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
SCALE AND COMPLEXITY IN POLITICAL ECONOMY: A Review Essay of the Narrow Corridor and Network Origins of the Global Economy
Hilton L. Root, Joseph Shaheen, Dersu Ikrim Tanca, and James W, Vizzard (WebEx presentation)
We demonstrate how the fundamentals of network science can transform our thinking about global history and economic development. We show where popular linear approaches to institutional formation such as Acemoglu and Robinson’s Narrow Corridor fail to capture the vast complexity of non-linear systems. Our contrasting interpretations rely on a far more comprehensive understanding of endogenous mechanisms of social change, the importance of network connectivity, the variability created by scaling systems to ever-larger sizes, and more generally, the relationship of the system’s parts to the whole. We apply the logic of how complex systems scale to understand the divergence of China and Europe with implications for liberal models of the state and society.
Meeting number (access code): 613 433 014
Meeting password: C55pausVzG5
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