On the problem of scale: a general theory of morphogenesis and normative policy signals for economic evolution

Gussen, Benjamen F. (2015) On the problem of scale: a general theory of morphogenesis and normative policy signals for economic evolution. Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review , 12 (1). pp. 81-104. ISSN 1349-4961

Abstract

The paper analyzes evolution to the end of furnishing a general theory of economic change. This analysis is applicable to both organisms and organizations. The general theory presented here is based on four analytical constructs: symmetry, scale, complexity, and collapse. Complexity is modeled as a force, similar to gravitation. Evolution is understood as a condition exhibiting an increase in morphological complexity. In the final analysis, economic change is linked to the structure of the political state. Pathologies of economic change, including morphostasis (in other words reaching a stage where growth and development are anemic due to the system’s form and structure becoming static), necessitate a rethinking of political organization. Polycentricity and the principle of subsidiarity [see generally Aligica and Tarko (Governance 25:237, 2012); Føllesdal (J Polit Philos 6(2):190, 1998)], with a praxis inspired by sovereign cities [see for example
Gussen (J Philoso Econ 7(1), 2013a)], are imperative for the continuous evolution of societies, and hence economies. In this future, nation states become subsidiary. Sovereign cities replace nation states on the ‘international’ stage.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2015 02:17
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 04:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: city; complexity; emergence; evolution; morphology; nation state; scale; subsidiarity; technology
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140101 History of Economic Thought
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149903 Heterodox Economics
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140199 Economic Theory not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s40844-015-0001-6
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27518

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