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The Power of SystemsHow Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World$
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Egle Rindzeviciute

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703188

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703188.001.0001

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The Rise of System-Cybernetic Governmentality

The Rise of System-Cybernetic Governmentality

(p.1) Introduction The Rise of System-Cybernetic Governmentality
The Power of Systems

Eglė Rindzevičiūtė

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of system-cybernetic governance. Cybernetics and the systems approach—which includes but is not limited to operations research (OR), systems theory, systems analysis, and, at a later stage, policy analysis—constitute a hybrid field of science and technology that emerged from innovations in mathematics and electronic engineering during World War II, to become part of the academic establishment during the late 1940s. However, the field of system-cybernetic, computer-based science originated as a resource for both formulating and solving governmental problems. As such, system-cybernetic sciences were part and parcel of the late modern worldview, according to which societies, economies, and nature were so highly complex that neither common sense nor sector-specific knowledge was sufficient to govern them.

Keywords:   system-cybernetic governance, cybernetics, systems approach, system-cybernetic sciences, computer-based science, governmental problems

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