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date: 20 October 2020

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This article explores the way that complexity theories can support governance theory to sharpen its analytical focus and clarifies its analytical potential. It outlines the major variants of governance theory, their common core, and their relatedness to complexity theory, and considers the major orientations of complexity theory as initially developed in science and technology. The article argues that complexity theory offers a broader and deeper understanding of emergent mechanisms and modes of operation, and that governance analysis can learn a great deal from complexity theory.

Keywords: complexity theories, governance theory, emergent mechanisms, modes of operation, governance analysis

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