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NCJ Number: 120126 Find in a Library
Title: Limits of Law: The Myth of a Regulatory Crisis
Journal: International Journal of the Sociology of Law  Volume:17  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:273-285
Author(s): H Rottleuthner
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Those who claim that a crisis exists in the ability of the rule of law to enforce social control fail to differentiate among the aims and goals of regulatory laws and to employ an historical analysis.
Abstract: In order to understand the limits and the effectiveness of regulation by law, legal researchers should use an historically-oriented analysis in examining the multiplicity of legal regulations. Then, they can develop a set of categories that can be applied to historical material to identify changes in the scope of legal forms and to evaluate the effectiveness of legal forms employed in the past. Only by using this method of research can contemporary regulatory problems be discovered and evaluated. Additionally, researchers must study how new social issues are internalized within law and are treated differently in legal practice as well as in legal doctrine, legislation, and administrative and judicial practice. 4 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Social control theory
Index Term(s): Legal system typologies; Organizational theories; Regulations compliance
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