The Vanishing of the ‘Rule of Law’

  • Nadia E. Nedzel
  • Nicholas Capaldi
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)


We explain the eclipse of the ‘rule of law’ by putting it into a larger history of law in general and a specific history of jurisprudence as it was transformed in the twentieth century by legal positivists such as Kelsen, Hart, and Raz. Fuller emerges as the main voice against Kelsen and Hart. Fuller elaborated the threat of positivism and managerialism within the American context, challenged the positivist inability to give an adequate account of norms in the works of Kelsen and Hart, and gave an early expression of what became Oakeshott’s adverbial account of the ‘rule of law’ in a civil association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia E. Nedzel
    • 1
  • Nicholas Capaldi
    • 2
  1. 1.Southern University Law CenterBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.College of BusinessLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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