Political Jurisprudence

ISBN : 9780198810223

Martin Loughlin
224 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Political jurisprudence is the branch of jurisprudence that treats law as an aspect of human experience called 'the political'. This is an approach that many contemporary jurists, those whose work presupposes the autonomy of legal order, tend to suppress. In this book, Martin Loughlin assesses the contribution made by political jurists and explains its contemporary significance.

Political jurists maintain that the essential characteristics of modern legal order can only be revealed by considering how political authority is constituted. The political is orientated to the fact that people are organized into territorially-bounded units within which authoritative governing arrangements have been established, but the authority of this way of viewing the world is strengthened only through institution-building. Law may be an aspect of the political, but to perform its authority-generating functions effectively it must operate relatively autonomously. The political and the legal operate relationally, without one being reduced to the other.

Loughlin introduces the rich literature of political jurisprudence through essays on innovative political jurists such as Hobbes, Burke, Constant, Romano, and Schmitt, and on such central themes as political right, institutionalism, constitutional legality, and reason of state. Building on his earlier books, The Idea of Public Law (OUP 2003) and Foundations of Public Law (OUP 2010), this collection extends his account of this influential strand of European legal thought.


1 Public Law as Political Jurisprudence
2 The Political Jurisprudence of Thomas Hobbes
3 Leveller Legacies
4 Burke on Law, Revolution and Constitution
5 Droit Politique
6 Law as Institution
7 Politonomy
8 Reason of State/State of Reason


Martin Loughlin is Professor of Public Law at the London School of Economics & Political Science. He was educated at LSE, the University of Warwick, and Harvard Law School, and held chairs at the Universities of Glasgow and Manchester before returning to the LSE in 2000. Between 2000 and 2002, he held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship; in 2007-08 he was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; in 20012-13 held a Law & Public Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University; and in 2016-17 is EURIAS Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. Martin has been a visiting professor at many law schools including Osgoode Hall, Paris II, Pennsylvania, Renmin University (Beijing), and Toronto.