From the Inaugural Issue 01/2014
Why is it necessary to publish a new journal about complexity, governance, and networks? There has been an increasing interest in complexity, governance, and network studies in recent decades. A number of these studies have been published in most prestigious journals in public policy, public administration, and political science. Also a few journals that specialize in these areas were launched in recent years. So, why this journal? And why now? The publication of this journal is not only a response to the surging demand for scholarly outlets that publish articles in these areas, but also a response to the need to create a venue to bring together the insights of complexity, governance, and network scholars. Complexity, Governance & Networks will serve as an incubator for conceptual and theory development, methodological advancements in these three areas of study, empiri- cal research, and idea exchanges among them for possible future syntheses. The articles that appear in this inaugural issue of the journal demonstrate how much the thinking and methods in these three areas have advanced. The authors, who are well-known experts in their areas, assess the current state of the advancements and possible directions for future research and conceptual development.
The editors welcome theoretical essays that advance thinking in definitional and conceptual issues in studying nonlinearity, emergence, self-organization, and (co-)evolution in complex political, policy, and governance systems and networks, as well as other related topics. Also welcome are empirical studies that employ quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Empirical manuscripts may include applications of agent-based (multi-agent) simulations, systems dynamics modeling, social network analyses, qualitative case studies (e.g., single and comparative case studies), content analyses, and mixed methods (e.g. qualitative comparative analysis, process tracing). Essays on the methodological issues in any of these applications will also be considered for publication in the journal. Literature-review papers will also be considered, as long as they are high-quality and original and contribute the scholarly learning and discourse in the focus areas of the journal.
The editors also welcome manuscripts that represent other theoretical perspectives and/or methodologies (e.g., rational choice theory, game theory, advocacy coalition framework, Marxist theory, critical theory, etc.), as long as they contribute to the theoretical and/or empirical advancement in the primary focus areas of the journal.
The editors also aim to establish a bridge between the worlds of academics and practitioners. Practitioner-oriented and manuscripts that include case studies on complex behaviors and network interactions in public service settings and reflective essays on the practical values of complexity, governance, and network theories and methodologies will be considered for publication in the journal.