Pier Giuseppe Puggioni

Social Groups between Politics and Law. Legal Problems in the Pluralism of F. Maitland, J. Figgis and H. Laski

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Keywords: Political Philosophy, Legal Pluralism, Conflictualism, Juristic Personality, Harold Laski.

This paper enquires into the legal theses in the works of English political pluralists like F. W. Maitland, J. N. Figgis, and H. J. Laski. After a brief outline of the epistemic “horizonµ of legal pluralism, I will try to understand the tradition of British pluralism in the light of the doctrinal debate on law and society that took place in Europe in the early 20th century. I will show, in particular, that these British political theorists promoted a pluralistic conception of the “juridicalµ drawing attention to the normative powers of social groups such as churches and trade unions, whose “rulesµ might conflict with – and prevail over – those issued by the state

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