Responsible Researcher

PD Dr. Peter Collin
Peter Collin
Phone: +49 (69) 789 78 - 258
Fax: +49 (69) 789 78 - 169


Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Michael Stolleis
Michael Stolleis
Scientific Member
Phone: +49 (69) 789 78 - 151
Fax: +49 (69) 789 78 - 169
Dipl.-Soz. Gerd Bender
Gerd Bender
Researcher, European Affairs Commissioner of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
Phone: +49 (69) 789 78 - 136
Fax: +49 (69) 789 78 - 169
Margit Seckelmann

German Research Institute for Public Administration, Speyer


Alexander Noé
Student assistant

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Research Project | Department II

Regulated Self-Regulation from a Legal Historical Perspective

Regulated self-regulation is a social self-organisation which is controlled and put to use by the state. By this mode of a collective shaping of social relations it is not only ideas of state welfare that are enforced; at the same time private players are discharged and released from problems of coordination which cannot be solved with instruments of a civil society. However, regulated self-regulation does not only stand for a relationship of a mutually beneficial cooperation but also translates their tense relationship. Conceptions of a normative order always wrestle which each other, conceptions which concern the distribution of or powers of configuration between "state" and "society".

In the recent past, it was primarily the science of public law which carefully became aware of and took note of this phenomenon of the coordination of the public and the private sphere and then integrated the legal problems involved in its thoughts and reflections on the further development of legal dogmatics. However, regulated self-regulation is not merely a contemporary phenomenon. Various forms of an interdependence between public goal settings and organised societal interests may be observed from a historical perspective, even in their legal contours. This is where the epistemological interest of legal history applies, which, especially in this field, relies on the dialogue with other historical disciplines, particularly the history of administration, economy and social policy.

The project "Regulated Self-Regulation from a legal history perspective" aims to review this set of problems for the 19th and the early 20th centuries. It focuses on the analysis of the formation of legal arrangements and the discourse in science and politics, which accompanied the emergence of new as well as the modification of existing normative structures.

Our first conference (9-11 July, 2009) addresses the emergence of forms of societal self-organisation in rejecting ambitions of control by the old authoritarian state, focusing on the first half of the 19th century. The second conference 17-19 June, 2010) analysed the modifications of forms of self-regulation at the time when the state intervened more strongly (late 19th and the early 20th centuries); the main focus was placed on the development in Germany. The focal point of our third conference (16-18 June, 2011) was on the formation of modes of regulated self-regulation in other European states and the U.S.A. in the second half of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century.


Conference 9-11 July 2009

Self-regulation in the 19th century: societal self-organization between autonomy and state control

see also conference proceeding at H-Soz-u-Kult

Workshop 13 January 2010

Regulated self-regulation - theoretical reflections in historical and actual perceptions

Conference 17-19 June 2010

Regulated self-regulation in the early interventionist- und social-state

see also conference proceeding at H-Soz-u-Kult

Conference 16-18 June 2011

Regulated self-regulation in the Western civilization of the late 19th and the early 20th century

Conference 31 January - 2 February 2013

Judiciary selfregulation in the 19th and 20th Century

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