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Ch 1 Normative and Empirical Inquiries into Systems of  Governance 04/09/2011 16:15:00 The Struggle to Constitute and Sustain Productive Orders Chapter 1: Normative and Empirical Inquiries into Systems of Governance + two major enduring patterns of order; hierarchical order exemplified in a  sovereign Leviathan (Thomas Hobbes and Woodrow Wilson) and polycentric,  institutions of variety and redundancies (James Madison and Alexander Hamilton) but  exhibited in the self-governing New England Towns (Tocqueville) b/w the Leviathan and full polycentricity were a range of alternative systems  of order, fashioned by different communities to deal with their physical  environments and their particular histories  Rule Configurations: + Vincent Ostrom’s early works recognized patterns of order among individuals,  organizations, and communities coul informal rules and social norms could form the central organizing principles  for communities rule configurations could develop conflicts b/w rules of the authorized gov’t  snad rules or social norms of populace- could develop into open conflicts like  in Chile o rule configurations and socially organized norms could also claim co- equal status with the formal rules of a political regime  o rule configurations could also mean self- governance or consitutional  choice. Social norms or legal norms could, on occasion, be used as  weapons for suppression or conformity social norms or religious-based norms could also be critical metaphysical  elements in diverse societies that accept these norms as realities that drive  their views of governance Evaluating Rules: + two polar extremes of ordered relationships: the sovereign or hierarchical form  and the polycentric or dispersed form of governance answer the question of evaluation from Hobbes, Ostrom derived the proposition that sovereign power could be  subject to natural punishments if sovereign powers were to be exercised with  “intemperance”, “rashness”, “injustice”, and other moral failings.
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From The Federalist (Hamilton, Jay, Madison), he derived the proposition that  constitutional rules could be developed to make sovereign power subject to  enforceable laws of governance  From his examination of the conduct of American federalism, he reasoned  that centralized executive powers could jeopardize the rules of constitutional  law- consistent with prima facie superiority of polycentric systems  + political theorists two major tasks: 1. To understand their epistemologies  practiced by members of diverse communities- epistemic orders- that gave meaning to 
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