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The Idea of Public Law$
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Martin Loughlin

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274727.001.0001

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(p.32) 3 Politics
The Idea of Public Law

Martin Loughlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the identification of the characteristic features of the practice of politics. It begins with the discussion of the concept of the political. It highlights the achievement that is realized whenever an elaborate set of political practices of the type with which Weber was concerned is institutionalized. It demonstrates how public law forms a distinctive aspect of political practice. It shows that politics is rooted in human conflict arising from the struggle to realize the varying ideals of the good life.

Keywords:   political practice, Weber, institutionalization, public law, human conflict

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