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The Legacy of H.L.A. HartLegal, Political, and Moral Philosophy$
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Matthew H. Kramer, Claire Grant, Ben Colburn, and Antony Hatzistavrou

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542895.001.0001

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Conformity, Custom, and Congruence: Rethinking the Efficacy of Law

Conformity, Custom, and Congruence: Rethinking the Efficacy of Law

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(p.45) 3 Conformity, Custom, and Congruence: Rethinking the Efficacy of Law
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The Legacy of H.L.A. Hart
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Gerald J Postema

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542895.003.0003

This chapter argues that legal philosophers have paid insufficient attention to the efficacy of a legal system in regulating human conduct. It seeks to expound a richer and wider notion of law's efficacy and to highlight its centrality in the conventional foundations of any legal system.

Keywords:   law, conventions, efficacy, legal governance, custom

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