Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem

Culture and Authority

Wołpiuk, Waldemar Jan

University of Business and Administration in Gdynia

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Authority – even though the title of this paper may suggest so – is not a phenomenon opposing culture. It is actually a product of culture or, as sometimes said, of the achievements of civilisation. Since authority is a product of culture, it may not be treated as a phenomenon isolated from it, without any ties with cultural patterns, which may – as a result – act as determinants of the institutional and functional qualities of authority. Culture and its products (including knowledge, law, religion, morality, etc.), like other social phenomena, can become factors stimulating the exercise of authority, or act as factors to stabilise or curb this exercise within the framework of the patterns (norms) it has created. Societies make constant choices in terms of adopting, modifying, and rejecting various cultural patterns.


Journal Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem 
Volume 11 
Issue 1 
Issue date 3/2019 
Type Article 
Language en
Pagination 335–360
DOI 10.7206/kp.2080-1084.289
ISSN 2080-1084
eISSN 2450-7938