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The Marxist view of regulation as ideology does, after all, have some affinities with rival views on the sources of regulation. The Marxist view concedes to the positivist, for instance, that law emerges from the practices of society, though the practices are additional-authorized – political, economic and social – rather than the practices of institutional details inner to a authorized system. Social forces are ultimately figuring out of the content and form of a authorized system. Indeed, the Marxist Louis Althusser’s idea of ideological state apparatuses (Althusser 1971) has a positivist flavour in its insistence that political actuality can be exhaustively described by reference to structures somewhat than norm-bearing brokers.

Indeed, radical critics of the ‘struggle on terror’ waged by western governments have pointed to the worth of liberal authorized ideals corresponding to human rights and the rule of regulation concurrently they’ve famous the ideological purposes to which such beliefs are put. Both positivists and pure attorneys, so long as they don’t insist that their conceptions of legislation are exhaustive of legislation’s actuality, can allow the affect of ideology, even in its more radical interpretations. Law could be ideology in addition to other ethical or institutional phenomena at the identical … Read More

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