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Violating “laws of the state” and “laws of the organization”

Stefan Kühl

Zusammenfassung

Das Verhältnis der Erwartungsbildung in Staaten durch positives Recht und der Ausbildung von Erwartungen in Organisationen durch Formalisierung ist bisher theoretisch unzureichend beleuchtet worden. Aus einer systemtheoretischen Perspektive werden in diesem Artikel die Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede dieser „Rechtsbildung“ auf der Ebene des Staates und der Organisation näher untersucht. Anschließend an die Diskussion über die Frage der Verantwortung für Gesetzesverstöße aus Organisationen heraus, werden die unterschiedlichen Adressierungsversuche soziologisch eingeordnet. Dabei wird gerade im Gegensatz zur in der Literatur dominanten Annahme über Regeltreue in Organisationen argumentiert, dass es aufgrund der Verrechtlichung der modernen Gesellschaft nicht möglich ist, eine klare Trennung zwischen Verstößen gegen positivierte staatliche Gesetze und formalisierte organisationale Regeln vorzunehmen.

Abstract

The relationship between the formation of expectations in states through positive law and the formation of expectations in organizations through formalization has so far not been adequately examined theoretically. From a systemic perspective, this article examines the similarities and differences of these legal constructions at the level of the state and the organization. Following the discussion on the question of responsibility for legal violations from organizations, the different attempts at addressing these issues are discussed. In contrast to the dominant assumption in literature about compliance in organizations, it is argued that due to the legalization of modern society, it is not possible to make a clear distinction between violations of positive state laws and formalized organizational rules.

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