Law and Philosophy

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 565–618

The Rule of Law and Equality



DOI: 10.1007/s10982-012-9161-2

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Gowder, P. Law and Philos (2013) 32: 565. doi:10.1007/s10982-012-9161-2


This paper describes and defends a novel and distinctively egalitarian conception of the rule of law. Official behavior is to be governed by preexisting, public rules that do not draw irrelevant distinctions between the subjects of law. If these demands are satisfied, a state achieves vertical equality between officials and ordinary people and horizontal legal equality among ordinary people.

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