ISSN 2094-2818

Editors: Eduardo A. Padlan and
Gisela P. Padilla-Concepcion
VOLUME 7 NUMBER 1 (January to June 2014)

Phil. Sci. Lett. 2014 7 (1) 146-154

available online: May 10, 2014

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Received: March 5, 2014
Published: May 10, 2014

Keywords: complexity theory, evolutionary theory, punctuated equilibrium, cusp catastrophe, logistic map analysis, self-organized criticality

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Finding a common framework for the analysis of social and institutional change: A retrospective and an exploration

by Niceto S. Poblador*

School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman

This essay describes a potentially useful framework for analyzing social and institutional change. It draws heavily on insights from evolutionary and complexity theories, and employs explanatory models that are based on the mathematical analysis of complex dynamical systems. The proposed framework goes beyond the boundaries of the traditional social sciences, and therefore has the distinct advantage of enabling us to look at social and institutional change from a much wider theoretical perspective.