We approach systems as sets of interrelated rules and practices within which each individual’s life and life plan is embedded. These systems are nonetheless built, sustained, and reproduced by individuals over time, often acting in concert. As the operations and effects of systems are often public and powerful constraints on individuals, they are exquisitely subject to comparison against notions of justice, fairness, or equity.
When we think of Systems, we ask:
- What are the formal and informal rules that govern, or help us to make sense of, the law, economy, society, and polity?
- Which rules promote or inhibit human well-being and flourishing?
- Under what circumstances do these rules change?