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Law in Modern Society$
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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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Does Law have Social Functions?

Does Law have Social Functions?

(p.193) 11 Does Law have Social Functions?
Law in Modern Society


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As constitutions, legislation, regulations, administrative guidelines, and other sets of formal rules are products of legislators, administrators, judges, and the state in general, for the attainment and realization of certain ends and goals, the law-making process involves endeavors of compromise rather than simply stating purposes. Although common law deals more with managing social relations, this chapter focuses more on enacted law because of the diminishing role of common law. This chapter and the next concentrates on the value that law provides for social life by discussing two key points: the specific functions that law performs in society and the social value of law. This chapter on the social functions of law further explains the technical and common usages of the term function and looks into the functions of legal rules in particular.

Keywords:   functions of law, social value of law, social life, enacted law, function, legal rules

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