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Law in Modern Society

Denis Galligan


This book considers how legal theory, and particularly H. L. A Hart's The Concept of Law, has developed the idea of law as a highly developed social system, which has a distinctive character and structure, and which shapes and influences people's behaviour. The concept of law as a distinct social phenomenon is examined through reference to, and analysis of, the works of M. Weber, E. Durkheim, and N. Luhmann. The book is guided by the idea that the law is a social formation with its own character and features, and that it is interrelated with other aspects of society. A general framework for la ... More

Keywords: legal theory, H. L. A. Hart, The Concept of Law, social system, M. Weber, E. Durkheim, N. Luhmann, society, social rules

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291830
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291830.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis Galligan, author
Director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford