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The rule of law: what is it and why is it 'constantly on people’s lips'?

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Journal publication date1/09/2011
JournalPolitical Studies Review
Number of pages9
Original languageEnglish


In this review of Tom (Lord) Bingham's new book on the Rule of Law I briefly note that the rule of law has become an increasingly normal trope of (global) politics, before setting out Bingham's characterisation of the norm itself. I then ask how we might explain the ascendance of the term (in light of Bingham's lack of interest in the issue), such that Bingham's book might find a mainstream non-academic publisher.