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Journal: Challenges of the Knowledge Society
ISSN 2068-7796

Volume: 2;
Issue: -;
Start page: 1644;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: politoarchea | normative policentrism | territorial policentrism | power distribution | institutional policentrism

According to the political phenomenology of law normative systems have multiple poles. From a politonomic point of view it is important for the number of communities which are poles of power to directly determine the forms and content of central power. In a one-pole system politocracy establishes, imposes and controls normative institutions for all communities (regional, local groups etc.); the advantage of this system is that it can settle disputes among those communities which pursue their activity autonomously as local power centres; the disadvantage of the system is that it limits normative autonomy of communities and it reduces their social power. As to the bipolar systems, in which there are two centres of normative power, each centre attempts to regulate the other one; the advantage of this system consists in the fact that each centre creates more and more efficient regulatory systems; the disadvantage is represented by the fact that a permanent confrontation between two forces uses up time, material and human resources. In tri-pole systems, each power system attempts to co-exist with at least one of the other two power poles or, anyway, it attempts not to conflict with the other two at the same time; the advantage consists in the fact that the normative system is the result of a legally institutionalized “compromise” between different principles and community values. Multi-pole systems have a set of rules of which the most important is the rule of not destroying the system the community belongs to.

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