Comprehending the Complexity of Countries - Hans Kuijper

Comprehending the Complexity of Countries

The Way Ahead

This book argues for computer-aided collaborative country research based on the science of complex and dynamic systems. It provides an in-depth discussion of systems and computer science, concluding that proper understanding of a country is only possible if a genuinely interdisciplinary and truly international approach is taken; one that is based on complexity science and supported by computer science. Les mer
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This book argues for computer-aided collaborative country research based on the science of complex and dynamic systems. It provides an in-depth discussion of systems and computer science, concluding that proper understanding of a country is only possible if a genuinely interdisciplinary and truly international approach is taken; one that is based on complexity science and supported by computer science. Country studies should be carefully designed and collaboratively carried out, and a new generation of country students should pay more attention to the fast growing potential of digitized and electronically connected libraries. In this frenzied age of globalization, foreign policy makers may - to the benefit of a better world - profit from the radically new country studies pleaded for in the book. Its author emphasizes that reductionism and holism are not antagonistic but complementary, arguing that parts are always parts of a whole and a whole has always parts.
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Forlag: Springer Verlag, Singapore
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 394
ISBN: 9789811647086
Format: 24 x 16 cm
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Introduction.- 1 The enduring confusion.- 2 Theories and models.- 3 The concept of country.- 4 Cities and countries.- 5 Scientific feasibility of collaborative country studies.- 6 Countries consist of both spontaneous and man-made systems.- 7 Technical feasibility of collaborative country studies.- 8 Implications of higher education: Connect the dots!.- 9 Reductionism or Holism?.- 10 General Conclusions.- Summary and Suggestion.
Hans Kuijper has a Master's in Sinology (Hanxue) from Leiden University and in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. After three years working at the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, he joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs, in The Hague, where he became responsible for doing research and reporting on the political, social and economic developments in East Asian countries. Seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was appointed as Commercial Attache at the Netherlands Embassy in Singapore, where - besides other pre-occupations - he was involved in the forming of a Dutch consortium that would tender to dig the tunnel for, and perform the construction of, the Metro (MRT). In 1986, he became Trade Representative of The Netherlands in Taiwan, where he learned about the details, and became aware of the complexity, of the so-called Taiwan-China Problem. Retired from Civil Service in 2000, he resumed studying philosophy of the social sciences, becoming increasingly interested in the science of (complex) systems and computer science. He has written a number of critical articles on the academic study of regions and countries.