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The apotheosis of the rule of law

Loughlin, Martin (2018) The apotheosis of the rule of law. Political Quarterly, 89 (4). pp. 659-666. ISSN 0032-3179

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In 1885 A.V. Dicey identified the rule of law as a key principle of British constitutional law. Presenting it both as a product of English common law method and an expression of classical liberalism, Dicey's concept lingered on into the twentieth century but mainly as a contentious ideological doctrine or simply as a vague rhetorical slogan. During the last fifty years, however, the concept has been revived, recrafted, relocated and reified. The rule of law has become a universal trope, albeit with a range of contestable meanings. This article traces this development, showing how it has been converted into a phrase of considerable political potency not only domestically but also in the international arena.

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Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 10:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 23:07

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