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The rule of law: a theme in five variations

Loughlin, Martin (2015) The rule of law: a theme in five variations. Frontiers of Law in China, 10 (3). pp. 437-448. ISSN 1673-3428

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This article unpacks the concept of the rule of law by distinguishing five distinct meanings of the term. These are: (1) the rule of practical wisdom, (2) the rule of the law, (3) rule by law, (4) the rule of law as a principle of constitutionalism, and (5) the rule of law as a power-building technique. It suggests that unless the particular meaning being used is clarified, discussion of the concept is likely to generate more heat than light.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Renmin University of China Law School
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2015 12:17
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 00:57

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