The Concept of Law - Chapter 4, Sovereign and Subject Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 30 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Concept of Law.
This section contains 895 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Concept of Law Study Guide

Chapter 4, Sovereign and Subject Summary and Analysis

In chapter four, Hart focuses on how orders given by political "sovereigns" constitute law. Typically when we speak of laws we assume that some sovereign is behind the law, either creating it or legitimating it. This sovereignty conception of law is held to be true in democracies as much as monarchies. Sovereigns are those whose orders and laws citizens habitually obey and whose laws and authority persist into the next administration or regime.

The habit of obedience is understood to apply to a limited group of people generally delimited by a geographical area. They obey by doing things they would not otherwise do. The system of obedience is, like other things, not perfectly captured by the direct order analogy as many obey without any direct interaction with the sovereign. Laws typically regulate succession in advance...

(read more from the Chapter 4, Sovereign and Subject Summary)

This section contains 895 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Concept of Law Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Concept of Law from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook