Understanding Change

Models, Methodologies and Metaphors

  • Andreas Wimmer
  • Reinhart Kössler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Models, Methodologies, and Metaphors on the Move

  3. Chaos and Order in Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Hans-Walter Lorenz
      Pages 59-63
  4. Genetic Variation in Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Walter Fontana
      Pages 67-84
    3. Rudolf Stichweh
      Pages 85-88
  5. Economics of Continuity: Path Dependency

  6. Institutional Inertia

  7. The Multilinear Modernization of Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Oded Stark
      Pages 219-221
    3. Somdatta Sinha
      Pages 222-234
  8. Constellations of Contingency: Political History

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 303-314

About this book


What can economics, the natural and the social sciences learn from each other in better understanding complex forms of change? How far can models, methodologies or metaphors that have been used successfully in one disciplinary field be 'exported' and meaningfully applied to other fields? Distinguished researchers from across the globe assess, in a rare example of successful cross-disciplinary engagement, the explanatory power of chaos theory, new evolutionary theory, path dependency, neo-institutional economics, multiple modernities and historical institutionalism. The book provides an exciting panorama of state of the art thinking and new avenues to combining the power of various traditions of thought.


behavior biology climate change development economics environment evolutionary biology Institution institutional economics methodology methods new institutional economics political science politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreas Wimmer
    • 1
  • Reinhart Kössler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUCLAUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of MünsterGermany

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