Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 1 (1997), Issue 2, Pages 111-126

Nonlinearity in social dynamics – order versus chaos

Åke E. Andersson and Wei-Bin Zhang

Institute for Futures Studies, Drottningg. 33, 2tr, Box 591, Stockholm 101 31, Sweden

Received 9 October 1996

Copyright © 1997 Åke E. Andersson and Wei-Bin Zhang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper discusses the significance of applying nonlinear theory to examine the complexity of social and economic evolution. First, we generally examine possible implications of nonlinear theory for analyzing the complexity of human societies. Second, we select two socio-economic models to illustrate our viewpoints.