The Autopoiesis of Administrative Systems: Niklas Luhmann on Public Administration and Public Policy

Rossbach, S. and Brans, M. (1997) The Autopoiesis of Administrative Systems: Niklas Luhmann on Public Administration and Public Policy. Public Administration, 75 (3). pp. 417-439. ISSN 0033-3298. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This article offers an introduction to Niklas Luhmann's theory of social systems as it pertains to public administration and policy, as a first step towards both a critique and its empirical application to empirical reality. It reconstructs Luhmann's early writings on bureaucracy and policy-making and shows how this early, more empirical work grounded his abstract theory of social systems in general and the political system in particular. The article also introduces some central concepts of Luhmann's more recent work on the autopoietic nature of social systems and considers the latter's consequences for bureaucratic adaptiveness and governmental steering in the welfare state. One of the main benefits of applying Luhmann's theory to public administration, the article concludes, is that it conceptualizes the central concerns of public administration within a complex picture of society as a whole, in which both the agency that issues decisions and the realm affected by these decisions are included.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Stefan Rossbach
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2009 22:21
Last Modified: 21 May 2011 23:53
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/10814 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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