Network Society Short Film


The information revolution is often identified as the most profound driver of change in our world today, enabling an ongoing disruptive transformation in the deep structure to our Industrial Age social institutions as we move further into the 21st century.

Political Complexity Overview


Advocates of complexity theory describe it as a new scientific paradigm. Complexity theory suggests that we shift our analysis from individual parts of a political system to the system as a whole; as a network of elements that interact and combine to produce systemic emergent behavior. Such new insight helps us to better approach

Political Systems Resilience


Political Systems Resilience Resilience is directly proportional to environmental adaptation The term resilience refers to “the ability of groups or communities to cope with external stresses and disturbances as a result of social, political and environmental change.”1 Political resilience then refers to the capacity of political organizations to adapt to, and evolve responses [...]

Sociopolitical Dynamics


Sociopolitical Dynamics People's individual actions and collective interactions form dynamic patterns adapted to the environment Sociopolitical dynamics refers to the major components, relations, and patterns within a political system that defines its overall workings and process of development.1 A political system is the set of institutional structures through which members make collective decisions; [...]

Sociopolitical Networks


Sociopolitical Networks Connectivity is one of the main features of the postmodern world Sociopolitical networks are the networks of connections between members within a society that influence and shape collective decision-making and collective action. Sociopolitical networks may involve many overlapping heterogeneous and distributed networks throughout society, that influence collective decision making and the [...]

Political Regime Shifts


Political Regime Shifts Greek Parliament Session A regime is a characteristic set of behaviors of a system which is maintained by mutually reinforcing processes of feedback.1 A regime shift is a qualitative, abrupt and major change in the topology and function of a system. These regimes shifts are nonlinear in that they usually occur [...]

Political Field Theory


Political Field Theory Visual representation of a field Political field theory is the application of the more general concept within science of a field to interpreting sociopolitical systems. The idea of a field has long since been used within modern physics to interpret how a pervasive force - such as spacetime or electromagnetism [...]

Nonequilibrium Political Systems


Nonequilibrium Political Systems Social and political systems can be characterized as being linear or nonlinear in their structure and behavior. Nonlinear systems are something other than the sum of their parts due to the synergies between those parts. These synergies make the whole greater or less than the sum of the parts and thus create [...]

Nonlinear Political Science


Nonlinear Political Science The use of nonlinear models in the social sciences makes it possible to identify how distributed nonlinear interactions can give rise to macro-level emergent patterns Nonlinear political science is the application of nonlinear models to interpreting political systems.1 Since the advent of chaos theory in the 1970s nonlinear science has [...]

Political Micro-Macro Dynamic


Political Micro-Macro Dynamic All social systems involve a fundamentally irreducible relationship between the individual and the group that is expressed in many different forms, from issues surrounding conformity to privacy to the regulation of public spaces The term micro-macro dynamic, also called the micro-macro link, refers to the dynamic interplay between the micro-level [...]