[Paper] Small, So Simple? Complexity in Small Island Developing States
Title: Small, So Simple? Complexity in Small Island Develping States
Author: Max Everest-Phillips (2014)
Publisher: UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence
Summary: This paper was prepared for the conference Development on Small Islands - What does a complexity approach have to offer? held on 29 April 2014 in Singapore. It highlights some of the possible factors involved in applying ideas from complexity theory to reforming public service and tackling related development problems in small countries, and especially SIDS. It explores whether such core attributes as the degree of smallness and/or the nature of ‘islandness’ create specific characteristics of the state that may simplify coordination across government, or make the problems that a public service faces no different, or different but no less complex than in other contexts. It concludes that better planning and foresight capabilities, rooted in effective political economy analysis, may be needed.