New book by John Braithwaite - Simple Solutions to Complex Catastrophes

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We are delighted to announce the release of a new book by ANU Emeritus Distinguished Professor John Braithwaite: Simple Solutions to Complex Catastrophes, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

In this open-access publication, Professor Braithwaite explores the vital role of simple, stable institutions and regulatory bodies in managing complex catastrophes. The book, available for download here, focuses on four critical crises: climate change, crime-war cascades, epidemics, and financial crises.

About the book 

This open access book sets out simple solutions to managing complex catastrophes. It focusses on four kinds of crises – climate change, crime-war cascades, epidemics and financial crises. These catastrophes are conceived as complex and prone to cascade effects. This book is optimistic in explaining that there are identifiable simple institutions that international society can strengthen and some simple principles that can help humankind to control the expanding gamut of complex catastrophes that confront the planet including simple, stable institutions and regulatory bodies. It draws on a wide range of current and past crises and challenges, from the Cold War to COVID-19, and from Weapons of Mass Destruction to restorative diplomacy with States like China, to provide an urgent and timely path forward. It speaks to those interested in criminology, public policy and international relations, political science, sociology, public health and economics.