InterJournal Complex Systems, 398
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [398]
Submission Date: 518
Revised On: 628
Government Regulation of Industry-Cluster Time-Ecologies
Author(s): Gus Koehler

Subject(s): CX.1, CX.43, CX.44

Category: Brief Article


Built-in asynchronies between political process and regulated sectors or activities can produce unintended disruptions in rates of economic change and development undermining the original intent of the policy or regulatory action. This sometimes leads to unexpected future disruptions as well. For example, differing federal regulatory requirements for the introduction of biotechnology designed drugs, in contrast to those regulating the release of bio-engineered plants, has encouraged the development of the earlier industry and delayed the development of bio-agriculture [Koehler, 1996]. Such regulatory interactions can either encourage industry development or produce a kind of "turbulence" among the political/sector factors that, in either case, may be best described, visualized, and understood by applying the concept of "time-ecology" and using complexity theory and related computer based methods to visualize, simulate and analyze these effects. This paper develops the elements of this approach and shows how it might apply to political regulation of industry clusters to promote economic development.

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