189. Michael Polanyi – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
August 1, 2009 § Leave a comment
This is helpful as a way of understanding the impact of climate and sustainability issues on governance. How do we move to a polycentric view of issues?
Polanyi’s work The Logic of Liberty and his understanding of polycentricity has had a lasting impact on the legal community. The basic idea is that unexpected repercussions make many judicial decisions unworkable because, in deciding a single dispute, the court exercises influence in myriad and unpredictable ways. Imagine tugging at a single strand of a spider web. Its reaction would be complicated enough just with that simple tug, but now double the force. The doubling of force will not simply double all of the previous reactions; the web will react in wholly new pattern of reactions that distributes tensions in a new and complex pattern. As Lon L. Fuller explained in an article in the Harvard Law Review, the judicial question becomes one of “knowing when the polycentric elements have become so significant and predominant that the proper limits of adjudication have been reached.”