Modernization approaches towards public policy in the context of the “social system” concept by N. Luhmann


2019, Vol. 3. №1

Modernization approaches towards public policy in the context of the “social system” concept by N. Luhmann

For citation: Andreev A. V. 2019. “Modernization approaches towards public policy in the context of the ‘social system’ concept by N. Luhmann”. Siberian Socium, vol. 3, no 1, pp. 73-84. DOI: 10.21684/2587-8484-2019-3-1-73-84

About the author:

Andrey V. Andreev, Cand. Sci. (Polit.), Director of the STRK “Kuzbass” (Kemerovo, Russian Federation);


The contemporary changes in the system of political communications associated with the expansion of media in the life of the contemporary person and society aim at better understanding of their nature and character. That makes relevant the appeal to the classical theory of media, which provides opportunities for the formation of new research approaches to improve existing theoretical concepts. This article discusses and clarifies the contribution of Niklas Luhmann (a classicist of the world sociology) to the sociology of media in the context of his theory of the social system. He characterized the latter as being autopoietic — that is, capable of self-reproduction (which also implies its ability to build relationships with itself — self-reflection), and of self-description. This article presents the author’s interpretation of Luhmann’s theories of the social system and media in the conditions of deep transformations of the media sphere. The latter is observed from the standpoint of the theory of political resonances, which play an important role in the processes of self-organization and self-description of the contemporary society and its public sphere. The concepts of media and its classification proposed by Luhmann are analyzed too. Luhmann’s approach to the analysis of the specifics of mass communications in the contemporary conditions is studied as a possible basis for the modernization of the theory of public policy in the context of modern information and political challenges. Such interpretation is considered as the moment of scientific novelty of this work.


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