chapter  4
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How Science Makes Knowledge

This chapter establishes a relation between social structure, social systems and legal order. The social structures of early modernity are dominated by a process in which an economic system steered through the medium of money differentiates itself from an order of political domination, which for its part takes the shape of a system steered through administrative power. In social science this inspired different theories, some of them close to systems theory, such as functionalism and structuralism. Systems theory is referred to in many disciplines as different as social systems, biological systems and computer science. In 1884, a large constitutional change was introduced, namely parliamentarianism, without any change in the constitutional text, only through establishment of new legal practice, while in 1945 one signed a new constitutional document, called the Co-operation Act, which was intended to change the course of social development.