Constitutional Courts as Autopoietic Organisations
Forthcoming Chapter 'Constitutional Courts as Autopoietic Organisations' in Boulanger, Christian / Wrase, Michael (Hg.) Die Politik des Verfassungsrechts - Interdisziplinäre und vergleichende Perspektiven auf die Rolle und Funktion von Verfassungsgerichten, Baden-Baden (Nomos). 2013
16 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2013
Date Written: February 19, 2013
The chapter proposes to conceptualise constitutional courts as self-referentially operating, autopoietic systems. In a social systems theory perspective constitutional courts are autopoietic organisations which are capable of generating sufficient cognitive complexity in order to regulate themselves. This is demonstrated first in relation to three aspects of constitutional courts: autonomy in docket control, recursive decision-making and the development of consequentialist legal doctrine that makes reflexive use of information on its impact. In the final section the chapter assesses the role of autopoietic constitutional courts operating in the zone of structural coupling between the legal and the political system.
Keywords: autopoietic systems constitutional courts reflexivity
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