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Democracy and the Rule of Law (Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy #5)

Adam Przeworski (Editor), Jose Maria Maravall (Editor)


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An international group of specialists from the fields of law, politics, economics, and philosophy address the question of why governments act or do not act according to laws. The authors interpret the rule of law as a strategic choice of actors with powerful interests, rather than as an exogenous constraint on politicians. The rule of law emerges when no group is strong enough to dominate the others, and political actors seek to resolve their conflicts by recourse to law. Law is thus deeply rooted in politics.

Cambridge University Press, 9780521532662, 321pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2003