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The Ecology of Law by Ugo Mattei, Fritjof Capra

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CHAPTER 7The Mechanistic Trap

Despite the shift of metaphors from the machine to the network at the forefront of science, the mechanistic worldview of modernity still holds sway among lawyers, political leaders, and executives. Only during the past two decades, for instance, have organizational theorists begun to apply systems thinking to the management of human institutions. The mechanistic view of organizations also remains widespread among managers, who act within institutional constraints created by law, which has itself been transformed into a technology and no longer specifically reflecting the will of a community. This view creates a kind of mechanistic trap in which human agents are no longer able to control the actions of legal institutions ...

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