COLLOQUIUM ON COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE/DATA SCIENCES RESEARCH – Network Foundations of the Great Divergence – Hilton Root and Qing Tian

When:
March 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
2019-03-22T15:00:00-04:00
2019-03-22T15:15:00-04:00
Where:
CENTER FOR SOCIAL COMPLEXITY SUITE, 3RD FLOOR, RESEARCH HALL
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karen Underwood
7039939298

COLLOQUIUM ON COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE/DATA SCIENCES RESEARCH

Hilton Root
Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government
George Mason University
and
Qing Tian
Assistant Professor, Computational and Data Sciences
George Mason University

Network Foundations of the Great Divergence

Friday, March 22, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite, 3rd Floor Research Hall

All are welcome to attend.

Abstract:

This paper uses a complex systems approach and network analytics to enrich our understanding of innovation systems in historical regimes causing the Great Divergence of East and West. In our analysis decentralization and competition between the European states and a unified China with Confucianism as the state philosophy provides the background for actors in the two systems to act and interact. We argue that Europe’s decentralized network topology facilitated innovations, while that of the centralized Confucian-state stifled innovations. We also show that in each, despite the motivation of the ruling class to strengthen its own power, its actions had unintended consequences that ultimately led to the destruction of the system.