Law in Modern Society by Denis Galligan
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Law in Modern Society
By Denis Galligan

Law in Modern Society

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Law in Modern Society by Denis Galligan

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Providing an introduction to law in modern society, D. J. Galligan 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 work of prominent legal and social theorists, in particular M. Weber, E. Durkheim, and N. Luhmann. Galligan's approach is guided by two main ideas: that the law is a social formation with its own character and features, and that at the same time it interacts with, and is affected by, other aspects of society. In analysing these two ideas, Galligan develops a general framework for law and society within which he considers various aspects including: the nature of social rules and the concept of law as a system of rules; whether law has particular social functions and how legal orders run in parallel; the place of coercion; the characteristic form of modern law and the social conditions that support it; implementation and compliance; and what happens when laws are used to change society. Law in Modern Society encourages legal scholars to consider the law as an expression of social relations, examining the connections and tensions between the positive law of modern society and the spontaneous relations they often try to direct or change.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199269785
ISBN-10: 0199269785
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 139mm x 22mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Denis Galligan

Denis Galligan is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He teaches law and society, administrative law and legal and social theory.

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