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A Republic of Law

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  • Date Published: January 2017
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  • isbn: 9781316668900

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  • The rule of law is a valuable human achievement. It is valuable not only instrumentally, but also for its own sake as a significant aspect of social justice. Only in a society that enjoys the rule of law is it possible for people to regard one another as fellow free citizens; no one the master of anyone else. Nevertheless, the rule of law is poorly understood. In this book, Frank Lovett develops a rigorous conception of the rule of law that is grounded in legal positivism, and offers a civic republican argument for its value in terms of freedom from domination. Bridging persistent methodological gaps that divide legal philosophy, social science, and political theory, Lovett demonstrates how insights from all three can be united in a single powerful theory. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the rule of law, including scholars, legal officials, and policy-makers.

    • Develops a theoretically rigorous account of the rule of law and its value, grounded in legal positivism
    • Connects the rule of law ideal to civic republican political philosophy
    • Presents challenging ideas and problems in a clear, concise and accessible way
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    • Date Published: January 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316668900
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Legal Statics:
    2. Social rules and norms
    3. Legal systems
    4. The rule of law and its value
    Part II. Legal Dynamics:
    5. Adjudication and the realist challenge
    6. Legislation, administration, and discretion
    7. Conclusion
    Appendix 1. The principles of legality
    Appendix 2. Measuring the rule of law.

  • Author

    Frank Lovett, Washington University, St Louis
    Frank Lovett is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Legal Studies at Washington University, St Louis.

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