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Denis Galligan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291830

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291830.001.0001

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Extended Legal Pluralism: Informal Legal Orders

Extended Legal Pluralism: Informal Legal Orders

(p.173) 10 Extended Legal Pluralism: Informal Legal Orders
Law in Modern Society


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Because there is a need to study further how legal orders are able to run simultaneously parallel, intersect, and compete with each other, the recognition of such aspects of legal pluralism and informal rules should be extended to economic and business organizations, non-government organizations, the family, sporting clubs and other collective bodies as potential legal orders. This chapter introduces the notion of extended legal pluralism to refer to rule-governed entities that could and should be classified as legal orders. However, a concept referred to as legal centralism asserts that the law should be a single set of laws that governs all people and is exclusive of other laws. This chapter also includes explanations of other such hindrances to extended legal pluralism to include such ideas as the relationships among other informal legal orders and how other legal orders are not given as much focus as they deserve.

Keywords:   informal legal orders, extended legal pluralism, rule-governed entities, legal centralism, state law

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