The Rule of Law: What Is It and Why Is It ‘Constantly on People's Lips’?
Article first published online: 4 NOV 2010
© 2010 The Author. Political Studies Review © 2010 Political Studies Association
Political Studies Review
Volume 9, Issue 3, pages 357–365, September 2011
How to Cite
May, C. (2011), The Rule of Law: What Is It and Why Is It ‘Constantly on People's Lips’?. Political Studies Review, 9: 357–365. doi: 10.1111/j.1478-9302.2010.00222.x
- Issue published online: 11 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 4 NOV 2010
- (Accepted: 22 June 2010)
- rule of law;
- political common-sense;
- normative reproduction
In this review of the late Tom (Lord) Bingham's last 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.
Bingham, T. (2010) The Rule of Law. London: Allen Lane.