The Force of Law: Law and Coercion, Validity and Effectiveness, and Synergy

24 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2015

Date Written: April 14, 2015

Abstract

This paper considers the two claims Schauer introduces in The Force of Law. Firstly, the paper seeks to establish that coercion is (a) generally part of the law; and (b) occasionally may be not. Secondly, I intend to demonstrate that despite the fact that the relationship between rules and facts within a normative system could be necessary, sufficient or desirable, in all cases is a synergetic one: they outperform when they work together. Therein, the last section of this paper shows that coercion has philosophical interest in explaining the nature of law since the question whether it is a necessary or sufficient element is irrelevant.

Keywords: Law, Coercion, Validity, Effectiveness, Synergy, Power

JEL Classification: K00, K33, K10, N40

Suggested Citation

Nunez, Jorge, The Force of Law: Law and Coercion, Validity and Effectiveness, and Synergy (April 14, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2594217 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2594217

Jorge Nunez (Contact Author)

Manchester Law School ( email )

Burslem Building, South All Saints Campus
Lower Ormond Street
Manchester, Lancashire M15 6HB
United Kingdom

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