Power law behavior and world system evolution: A millennial learning process

@article{Devezas2003PowerLB,
  title={Power law behavior and world system evolution: A millennial learning process},
  author={T. Devezas and G. Modelski},
  journal={Technological Forecasting and Social Change},
  year={2003},
  volume={70},
  pages={819-859}
}
Abstract Is social change on the scale of the human species a millennial learning process? The authors answer in the affirmative, demonstrating that world system evolution, viewed as a cascade of multilevel, nested, and self-similar, Darwinian-like processes ranging in “size” from one to over 250 generations, exhibits power law behavior, which is also known as self-organized criticality. World social organization, poised as it is on the boundary between order and chaos, is neither subcritical… Expand
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