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Discretionary Powers: A Legal Study of Official Discretion

D. J. Galligan


One noticeable feature of modern legal systems is the extent to which power is conferred upon government officials and agencies to be exercised at their discretion, according to policy considerations, rather than according to precise legal standards. This book is a legal and jurisprudential analysis of discretionary power in modern legal systems, with particular emphasis on the consequences of discretion in the relationship between the individual and the state.

Keywords: modern legal systems, power, discretion, policy considerations, consequences, individual, state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198256526
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. J. Galligan, author
Jesus College, Oxford