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Co-authored chapter: Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy

3rd June 2015

Stuart Astill, Principal Consultant at IOD PARC, has a track record in both practice and academia of understanding and tackling the technical and practical issues of complexity.  His work in this field covers applications in organisations, strategy and public policy. 

Stuart has co-authored, with Professor Paul Cairney, a chapter in the 'Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy', which explores whether new complexity-based theories require new methods to generate evidence.  It also offers some pointers towards the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods for building evidence in all cases, not just those that are diagnosed as complex.

Astill, S., & Cairney, P. (2015). "Complexity theory and political science: Do new theories require new methods?"  In Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

The handbook chapter can be accessed at: