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The Functions of Law

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We often think of law as fulfilling certain social functions; for instance, it is said to guide behaviour, maintain order, settle disputes, and provide benefits and services. In the social sciences, more general claims are also made that law stabilizes the dominant mode of production, promotes economic efficiency, secures patriarchy, and so on. 1 What do these claims mean, and what do they contribute to our understanding of law as a social institution? Those are the questions I want to explore here.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.5840/cogito19981227

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Law, Law Faculty
Publisher:
Philosophy Documentation Center Publisher's website
Journal:
Cogito Journal website
Volume:
12
Publication date:
1998-07-05
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EISSN:
2154-3518
ISSN:
0950-8864
URN:
uuid:5acfd5c7-c3f9-4b2c-ae69-5769d8109169
Source identifiers:
597777
Local pid:
pubs:597777

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