The study presents a theory of irresponsible organizations. According to our definition an organization (focal one) is responsible if it hurts the interest of others (other organizations), others can rehurt the interest of focal organization. The irresponsible organizations are immune to the rehurting trials: cannot be rehurt. This definition fits many types of bureaucracies, or the courts. The theory of irresponsibility of organizations helps to sketch a new organization theory of power. It is important to emphasize the definition of responsibility and irresponsibility is not an ethical one but based on power. In the interorganizational conflicts it is extremely useful to differentiate the actors how they can win or lose during the conflicts. Responsible organizations can win and lose too, but the irresponsible organization can win only. So the risk of different actors, and the behaviour of them can be differentiated according to their positions on the responsible-irresponsible scale. The first half of the article introduces the reader into the theory of irresponsible organizations (as a part of theory of power). The second half of the study deals with the court as an irresponsible organization. This paper is an introductory part of the theory of court as organization.
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