The Rule of Law

The Rule of Law Author Tom Bingham
ISBN-10 014103453X
ISBN-13 9780141034539
Year 2011-02-01
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher Penguin UK
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The Rule of Law is a phrase much used but little examined The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilizations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy but what does it actually consist of In this brilliant short book Britain s former senior law lord and one of the world s most acute legal minds examines what the idea actually means He makes clear that the rule of law is not an arid legal doctrine but is the foundation of a fair and just society is a guarantee of responsible government is an important contribution to economic growth and offers the best means yet devised for securing peace and co operation He briefly examines the historical origins of the rule and then advances eight conditions which capture its essence as understood in western democracies today He also discusses the strains imposed on the rule of law by the threat and experience of international terrorism The book will be influential in many different fields and should become a key text for anyone interested in politics society and the state of our world

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