Evolution of the Nation State
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SFI ACtioN Roundtable
September 17 - 18, 2020
The past decade has seen a stark rise in nationalism. The Brexit referendum might be the most poignant embodiment of this trend, but nationalist-populist sentiment has influenced democracies across the globe – from the Philippines and India in Asia, to Poland and Hungary in Europe, and the US in North America.
There is a wealth of scholarly and popular work exploring the drivers of contemporary populism. However, there has been far less work exploring how the nation state might continue to evolve in the face of challenges ranging from populism, new technologies, and evolving trade relationships.
Complexity Theory provides the ideal intellectual scaffolding to rigorously explore the evolution of nation states. At the macro level, national populations, identity groups, national governments, and international bodies are all textbook examples of complex adaptive systems. At the mezzo and micro levels, several active areas of complex science are relevant, such as Collective Intelligence, Urban Scaling, Complexity Economics, and Cultural Evolution and Belief Dynamics.
This two-day discussion-based ACtioN Roundtable meeting will explore these issues in a small group retreat setting in the UK.