Journal article
A complexity underpinning for domestic climate mitigation policy in South Africa


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Publication Details
Author list: Tyler E, Cohen B.
Publisher: WIT Press
Publication year: 2017
Journal: International Journal of Design and Nature and Ecodynamics
Journal name: International Journal of Design and Nature and Ecodynamics
Volume number: 12
Issue number: 1
Start page: 124
End page: 132
Total number of pages: 9
ISSN: 1755-7437
eISSN: 1755-7445

Abstract

This paper explores the proposition that a complex systems approach may
provide a useful conceptual underpinning for understanding and
developing domestic climate mitigation policy in a developing country,
using South Africa as a case study. Framing South African climate
mitigation policy as a system contextualised by, and radically open to,
the broader South African social, technological, economic,
environmental, physical and political system highlights the properties
and mechanisms of complex social systems, thereby re-ordering policy
priorities and leverage points. But further, a complexity frame or
paradigm is a radical departure from its modernist predecessor. The
complexity principles that underpin this frame suggest different entry
points, foci and practices as being appropriate for the South African
climate mitigation policy community.


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