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Foundations of Public Law

Martin Loughlin


This book offers an account of the formation of the discipline of public law with a view to identifying its essential character, explaining its particular modes of operation, and specifying its unique task. Public law is conceived broadly as a type of law that comes into existence as a consequence of the secularization, rationalization, and positivization of the medieval idea of fundamental law. Formed as a result of the changes that give birth to the modern state, public law establishes the authority and legitimacy of modern governmental ordering. Public law today is a universal phenomenon, b ... More

Keywords: origins, formation, state, constitution, government, political reason, public law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256853
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Loughlin, author
Professor of Public Law, London School of Economics and Political Science