Due to functional differentiation, modern man talks business, avoids politics or religion in leisurely conversation, considers the buying or selling of political or legal decisions as corruption, and, more often than not, tends to associate the imposition of religious imperatives upon scientific knowledge with a revival of the age of the Holy Inquisition
This post is a sort of response to Steffen Roth (2014) “Fashionable Functions: A Google Ngram View of Trends in Functional Differentiation.” Here is a
A link to a paper by David Seidl from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich School of Management).
The global economy is an autopoietic function system, and it cannot be controlled by governments. It will adapt to any legislation designed to prevent tax inversion or tax sheltering. The effort to stop this trend is kind of like the “war on drugs” or a war on cockroaches or mosquitos. These wars cannot be won because the opponents are too adaptable.
In Risk: A Sociological Theory (English translation, 1993), Luhmann argues that in the second half of the 18th century a number of issues (in economics, science,
Power is doubly contingent. The holder of power and the subordinate must both have possibilities to act otherwise; that is to say, there must a