The Force of Law (Hardback)
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The Force of Law (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 03/02/2015
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Many legal theorists maintain that laws are effective because we internalize them, obeying even when not compelled to do so. In a comprehensive reassessment of the role of force in law, Frederick Schauer disagrees, demonstrating that coercion, more than internalized thinking and behaving, distinguishes law from society's other rules.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674368217
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 23 mm


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Drawing upon language, moral, sociological, and economic theory, Schauer explores what makes legal norms unique and why and under what conditions individuals truly obey the law. He asserts that although coercion may not be the only reason people obey the law, often getting individuals to act in ways they would not normally act requires some type of force. This force need not necessarily be negative coercion as normally conceived but can involve an array of sanctions to condition behavior in specific ways.--D. Schultz"Choice" (09/01/2015)
Modern jurisprudence has been devoted to a search for law's necessary and sufficient conditions and has downgraded the importance of coercion, which is neither. However, Fred Schauer makes a convincing case for coercion's importance in understanding law and legal phenomena. His treatment of the topic is erudite, comprehensive, rigorous, and even witty, and it is delivered in a superb writing style.--Lawrence A. Alexander, University of San Diego School of Law
The Force of Law has the virtues of all of Schauer's work: clear and accessible writing, the grounding of persuasive arguments on good examples and a wide range of scholarship, and fair consideration of opposing views. It is an important contribution to jurisprudential debates about the nature of law and about the proper approach to theorizing in this area.--Brian H. Bix, University of Minnesota Law School

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