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Complex Polities in the Age of Modern States

Show simple item record Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio 2014-03-07T18:54:39Z 2014-03-07T18:54:39Z 2011-03-16
dc.identifier.citation Cioffi-Revilla, C. 2011. "Complex Polities in the Age of Modern States." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition," Montreal, Canada. en_US
dc.description Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, March 16–19, 2011. en_US
dc.description.abstract Complex polities are political systems composed of both official "vertical" state institutions as well as one or more alternative set of "horizontal" institutions, such as religious, economic, paramilitary, or even criminal organizations. Both vertical and horizontal polities that compose complex polities have policy-making capacity engaged in the provision of public (and in some cases private) goods aimed at addressing various societal needs. While complex polities have existed since early antiquity, from a world historical perspective it is only since ca. 1500 CE and the formation of modern European states that contending vertical and horizontal polities have produced specialized institutions in competition and collaboration with the state. Moreover, complex polities for global governance also appear in the world system since ca. 1500 CE. This paper will present a theory of complex polities based on a computational perspective that is implemented in agent-based models of coupled socio-techno-natural systems - i.e., systems of governance that integrate societies and natural environments through artificial systems that mediate between the two at many scales, from local to global.
dc.description.sponsorship Funding was provided by the Center for Social Complexity at George Mason University and by grants from the US National Science Foundation (HSD 0527471) and the Office of Naval Research (MURI N00014-08-1-0921). en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher International Studies Association en_US
dc.rights Claudio Cioffi-Revilla en_US
dc.subject complex polities en_US
dc.subject political systems en_US
dc.subject agent-based models en_US
dc.title Complex Polities in the Age of Modern States en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US

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