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How Law Works$
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Ross Cranston

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199292073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292073.001.0001

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(p.308) 11 Conclusion
How Law Works

Ross Cranston

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There are a number of threads running through this book about how law works. The first addresses some fundamental values in the law, access to justice, equality before the law, and the rule of law. Then, the second thread is procedure which is associated in particular to access to justice. Lastly, there is the thread of law in society. This chapter specifically explores each of the threads, namely values, procedure and context, in the light of the present study of how law works. The significance of law's historical and social setting is self-evident. Law is an institutional framework for guiding and managing society. It is a sociological truth that the law in the books does not always co-occur with the law in action. In general, the working out in practice of legal norms and institutions requires to be seen against the backdrop of social life. The assumption of How Law Works is also tackled.

Keywords:   law, access to justice, equality, procedure, society, legal norms, legal institutions

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