PRÁVO A RECENTNÍ SOCIÁLNÍ ZMĚNA
Law and recent social change
A law not only reflects the existing social situation but also plays an important role when the situation changes. The law manifests itself in its conservative aspects, its innovative effects on the social relationships, in the actions taken by social institutions and in the course of social processes. It acts as an independent and dependent variable of social change in society; it is both the cause and the result of a social change. The legal tools of social change legitimize the ongoing social changes and help to enforce them via the authority of law. In the postmodern society with a pluralizing social structure and the growing normative and value-related plurality, law contributes and supports the minimum normative and value-related consensus of society. The law’s regulative, integrative and innovative functions have become necessary in the postmodern society. The increasing complexity of a social life and the need to restore legitimacy of the political system contribute to replacing the executive power with hypertrophy of legislative tools. In the process of post-modernization, law not only reflects and affirms social changes in society but it also becomes more and more important tool of social change.
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