Applying Complexity Theory

Whole Systems Approaches to Criminal Justice and Social Work

Edited by Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas

Edited by Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447311409 Will Publish June 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Complexity theory—which examines the dynamic interactions of parts in a system—has increasingly been used to study human organizations. This is the first book to explore its application to professions in criminal justice and social work. It brings together experts in this emerging theoretical field from a range of different perspectives, providing detailed but accessible discussions of the key issues at hand, including the nature of complex adaptive systems, their application to service delivery, and the efficacy and ethics of criminal justice and social work interventions. Together the contributors demonstrate the usefulness of complexity theory in addressing some of our most significant and intractable social problems.  
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