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Polarity: balance-imbalance


Distinguishing Emergent Conceptual Polarities: experimental ordering of a collection of research papers (Part #14)


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Balance (justice, equality, balance, complementarity, legitimacy, democracy, rights, compassion)

-- Imbalance (injustice, inequality, imbalance)

Balance: The focus of the editorial research associated with the reference work of the Union of International Associations is fundamentally dependent on recognition of the complementarity of disparate human activities -- of how the solution favoured by one international organization, in response to challenges of society, gives rise to a problem which is the preoccupation of another. The challenge has been how to develop understanding of balance and complementarity (International Organization Networks: a complementary perspective, 1977; Tensed Networks: Balancing and focusing network dynamics in response to networking diseases, 1978; Implementing Principles by Balancing Configurations of Functions: a tensegrity organization approach, 1979; Alternating between Complementary Conditions, 1983; Spherical Configuration of Categories to Reflect Systemic Patterns of Environmental Checks and Balances, 1994; Sustainable Development: a system of 14 complementary concepts, 1994; Policy Options for Civil Society through Complementary Contrasts, 1994; Typology of 12 complementary strategies, 1998; Complementary Patterns of Meaningful Truth and the Interface between Alternative Variants, 2003; 12 Complementary Languages for Sustainable Governance, 2003)

With respect to legal structure, this has taken the form of work on the legal status of international nongovernmental organizations (1988; 1996), the misapplication of legal norms (1994), and human rights (Universal Declaration of the Rights of Human Organization: an experimental extension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1971; 1997).

In relation to the challenges of governance, the problems and possibilities of democracy have been a focus (Participative Democracy vs. Participative Drama: lessons on social transformation for international organizations from Gorbachev, 1991; AWOL: American Way Of Life: Assumptions -- justifying worldwide imposition of democratic imperialism, 2003; Arming Civil Society Worldwide: Getting democracy to work in the emergent American Empire?, 2003; Practicalities of Participatory Democracy with International Institutions: Attitudinal, Quantitative and Qualitative Challenges, 2003).

The concern with justice has recently focused on terrorism (Justice and Terrorism, 2001; Warping the Judgement of Dissenting Opinion: towards a general framework for comparing distortion in rules of evidence, 2002).
Imbalance: The focus from 1972 on profiling over 30,000 world problems (see below) has essentially been a focus on identifying inequity and imbalance in every field of human activity and concern.


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