This book offers an answer to the question: what is public law? It suggests that an adequate explanation can only be given once public law is recognized to be an autonomous discipline, with its own distinctive methods and tasks. The author defends this claim by identifying the conceptual foundations of the public law: governing, politics, representation, sovereignty, constituent power, and rights. By explicating these basic elements of the subject, he seeks not only to lay bare its method but also to present a novel account of the idea of public law.
|Print publication date: 2004||Print ISBN-13: 9780199274727|
|Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010||DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274727.001.0001|