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The Idea of Public Law

Martin Loughlin


This book offers an answer to the question: what is public law? It suggests that an adequate explanation can only be given once public law is recognized to be an autonomous discipline, with its own distinctive methods and tasks. The author defends this claim by identifying the conceptual foundations of the public law: governing, politics, representation, sovereignty, constituent power, and rights. By explicating these basic elements of the subject, he seeks not only to lay bare its method but also to present a novel account of the idea of public law.

Keywords: autonomous discipline, conceptual foundations, governing, politics, representation, sovereignty, constituent power, rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199274727
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Loughlin, author
Professor of Public Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

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