Towards a Structural View of Resilience

Clark WC, Holling CS, & Jones DD (1975). Towards a Structural View of Resilience. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-75-096

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Abstract

The result of resilience is persistence: the maintenance
of certain characteristic behavioral properties in the face
of stress, strain and surprise. But the origins of this resilient
behavior lie in the structure of the systems which
concern us. Our need as policy analysts may only be one of
comparative measures: Which system is more resilient? But
as active designers -- as engineers, managers, or responsible
policy advisors -- we need to be able to say what mechanisms
or relationships make a system resilient, and what actions we
can take to make it more or less so.

This need for a causal view of resilience led us to a
search for persistence-promoting (or "resilient") mechanisms
and relationships in a variety of natural and man-made systems.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Resources and Environment Area (REN)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:41
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2016 14:22
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/332

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