Neil MacCormick

in Institutions of Law

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780198267911
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191714832 | DOI:

Series: Law, State, and Practical Reason


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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the institutional theory of law, which aims to develop a better understanding of law than other current legal theories offer, starting from a definition of law: Law is institutional normative order. In explaining the elements of the definition, it is first explains ‘norms’, and then ‘normative order’. Finally, by discussing the institutionalization of normative order, it reaches a grasp of the whole defining phrase ‘institutional normative order’. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: institutional theory of law; institutional normative order; legal theory

Chapter.  3339 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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