The Evolutionary Theory of Globalization: Interaction, Co-Evolution and Specialization As Sources of Diversity in Highly Interconnected Societies

12 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2016

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Hilton L. Root

George Mason University - School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs; George Mason University - Schar School of Policy and Government

Date Written: January 16, 2016

Abstract

Do the complex dynamics of international relations resemble the longterm evolution observed in living systems? This chapter will try to identify the mechanisms associated with those dynamics, and to determine if the science of complex adaptive systems can aid in the understanding of international development.

It tries to address the weaknesses of current theories of international political economy to adequately explain global diversity and queries its empirical and theoretical limitations. Providing insight on the mechanisms by which divergence is a response to heightened interconnectivity, complexity theory offers a way to overcome the limitations of conventional political economy analysis.

We find that at a qualitative level the dynamics of the international system resemble known aspects of biological behavior, speciation and intermittent behavior. The next frontier for the study of social development is to find quantitative measures that define these processes.

Keywords: Globalization, Complex Adaptive Systems, International Development, International Political Economy

Suggested Citation

Root, Hilton L., The Evolutionary Theory of Globalization: Interaction, Co-Evolution and Specialization As Sources of Diversity in Highly Interconnected Societies (January 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716646 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2716646

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