Hague Journal on the Rule of Law

, Volume 11, Issue 2–3, pp 307–313 | Cite as

Krygier and Selznick and the Rule of Law

  • David LiebermanEmail author


During the same period that Martin Krygier published several of his most important articles on the rule of law, he was also at work on an ambitious interpretation of the social theory of the U.S. sociologist, Philip Selznick (1919–2010). In the resulting volume, Philip Selznick: Ideals in the World (2012), Krygier generously acknowledged Selznick’s influence on his own intellectual development and emphasized the importance of Selznick’s treatment of the rule of law. My essay considers Krygier and Selznick’s distinctive commitments to studying the rule of law as both moral ideal and social institution shaped by extralegal forces. Following a brief survey of Selznick’s contributions, I consider elements of commonality and contrast in their common concern to recognize the limits and vindicate the promise of the rule of law.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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