The Rule of Law
by Tom Bingham
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The “Rule of Law” is a widely used but little studied expressionThe idea of the rule of law, the foundation of the modern state and civilizations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it consist of?In this brilliant short book, Britain’s ancient law of the eternal, and one of the most acute jurists, examines the idea that it really meansIt specifies that the rule of law is not an arid of legal doctrine, but it is the foundation of an equitable and just society, is a guarantee of responsible government, is an important contribution to economic growth and offers the best means still in place to ensure peace and cooperation.He briefly examines the historical origins of the rule, and then advances eight conditions to capture its essence, as understood in today’s western democraciesIt also examines the strains imposed on the rule of law by the threat and experience of international terrorismThe book will be influential in many different fields and should become a key text for anyone interested in politics, society and the state of our world.
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