Modern policy making arose in the 20th century as a series of techniques to optimise a simple system, like a machine. There are now signs that 21st century policy makers are starting to view societies and economies as a complex system instead: one of them is the adoption of network modelling by senior decision makers.
The presentation looks at some of the emerging consequences of this new world view for public policies, including a new set of policy tools for smart swarms of citizens. I conclude by trying to paint a big picture of the shift in modern policy making and the role of the state.
Presentation at the INSITE final conference, 9-10May 2014, Venice.