This book discusses the designs and applications of the social systems theory (built by Niklas Luhmann, 1927–1998) in relation to empirical socio-legal studies.
This is a sociological and legal theory known for its highly complex and abstract conceptual apparatus. But how to change its scale in order to study more localised phenomena, and to deal with empirical data, such as case law, statutes, constitutions and regulation? This is the concern of a wide variety of scholars from many regions engaged in this volume. It focuses on methodological discussions and empirical examples concerning the innovations and potentials that functional and systemic approaches can bring to the study of legal phenomena (institutions building, argumentation and dispute-settlement), in the interface with economy and regulation, and with politics and public policies. It also discusses connections and contrasts with other jurisprudential approaches – for instance, with critical theory, law and economics, and traditional empirical research in law. Two decades after Luhmann’s death, the 21st century has brought countless transformations in technologies and institutions. These changes, resulting in a hyper-connected, ultra-interactive world society bring operational and reflective challenges to the functional systems of law, politics and economy, to social movements and protests, and to major organisational systems, such as courts and enterprises, parliaments and public administration. Pursuing an empirical approach, this book details the variable forms by which systems construct their own structures and semantics and ‘irritate’ each other.
Engaging Luhmann’s theoretical apparatus with empirical research in law, this book will be of interest to students and researchers in the field of socio-legal studies, the sociology of law, legal history and jurisprudence.
Table of Contents
- An Empirical Agenda for the Social Systems Theory?
- The Sociological Investigation of Law in Systems Theory
- Is There a Need for a Critical Systems Theory?
- Changing Maps: Empirical Legal Autopoiesis
- Regulation without Interests? An Introduction to Luhmannian Empirical Mapping of System-Environment Relationships
- Free Floating or Free Riding? Recursive Norm Building in the German Energy Transition Using the Example of the Approval of e-scooters in German Cities
- Law and Economy without ‘Law and Economics’? From New Institutional Economics to Social Systems Theory
- Observing Courts: An Organisational Sociology for Socio-Legal Research
- Casting off from the Rock of Uncertainty: Observations on the Empirical Application of Luhmann’s Sociological Theory and a Case Study on the Concept of Normative Expectations
- Integration and Disintegration: Protest, Social Movements and Legal Interpretation
- Politics, Law and Legitimacy: Reconstructing Brexit from a Systems Theory Perspective
- A historical sociology of constitutions and democracy: an interview
Lucas Fucci Amato, Marco Loschiavo Leme de Barros and Celso Fernandes Campilongo
Part I: Theoretical bases for systemic empirical studies
Raffaele De Giorgi
Lukas K. Sosoe
John Paterson and Gunther Teubner
Part II: Analysing law through systemic approaches: the economic and regulatory interface
Cristina Besio and Margrit Seckelmann
Lucas Fucci Amato
Part III: Analysing law through systemic approaches: the political interface
Marco Antonio Loschiavo Leme de Barros
Celso Fernandes Campilongo
Celso Fernandes Campilongo is Full Professor and Vice-Dean at the University of São Paulo Law School, Brazil.
Lucas Fucci Amato is Professor at the Department of Legal Philosophy and Jurisprudence at the University of São Paulo Law School, Brazil.
Marco Antonio Loschiavo Leme de Barros is Professor at the Law School of Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil.