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Constitutional Foundations for a Theory of System Comparisons: An Inquiry into Problems of Incommensurability, Emergent Properties, and Development

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dc.contributor.author Ostrom, Vincent en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:07:49Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:07:49Z
dc.date.issued 1986 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2002-10-08 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2002-10-08 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3698
dc.description.abstract From the Introduction: "It is both an honor and a challenge to present a paper on 'Constitutional Foundations for a Theory of System Comparisons' (Konstitutionelle Grundlagen einer Theorie des Systemsvergleichs) at the twentieth anniversary of the Radein research seminar. That anniversary of the seminar is devoted to the Foundations of a Theory of Order and Methodological Problems of System Comparisons. To address constitutional foundations for a theory of order in light of methodological problems for comparing different systems of order is a substantial challenge. In attempting to establish the foundations for system comparisons, we confront serious difficulties in achieving commen-surability across different systems. These are problems that we must confront; but, these problems cannot be ultimately and satisfactorily resolved by fallible creatures like human beings. We have no ultimate standard by which to judge the merit of the conceptualizations that we use as the basis for organizing ways of life and for thinking about such matters. The best we can do is to use the conceptualization that we have to make comparative assessments and to press the frontiers of inquiry so that we might deepen our understanding and extend the horizons of our conceptual formulations. In this presentation, I shall make some initial observations in part two about the perspective that Professor K. Paul Hensel (1974) takes in his concern for the study of economic order in the context of patterns of order as ways of life in human societies. I shall then, in part three, pose some questions about difficulties in distinguishing economic orders from political orders. I shall in part four turn my attention to distinguishing types of political order as these distinctions are made with reference to Western societies. A serious problem arises, however, in any effort to achieve commensurability in the comparative study of political orders even within the confines of Western societies. I examine the problem of incommensurabilities in part five of this analysis." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workshop Working Paper Series W86-31 en_US
dc.subject constitution--theory en_US
dc.subject state and local governance--theory en_US
dc.subject law--theory en_US
dc.subject systems--theory en_US
dc.subject Workshop en_US
dc.title Constitutional Foundations for a Theory of System Comparisons: An Inquiry into Problems of Incommensurability, Emergent Properties, and Development en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.submitter.email adingman@indiana.edu en_US

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