The modern state claims supreme authority over the lives of all its citizens. Drawing together political philosophy, jurisprudence, and public choice theory, this book forces the reader to reconsider some basic assumptions about the authority of the state. Various popular and influential theories - conventionalism, contractarianism, and communitarianism - are assessed by the author and found to fail. Leslie Green argues that only the consent of the governed can justify the state's claims to authority. While he denies that there is a general obligation to obey the law, he nonetheless rejects philosophical anarchism and defends civility - the willingness to tolerate some imperfection in institutions - as a political virtue.
The Concept of Law is one of the most influential texts in English-language jurisprudence. 50 years after its first publication its relevance has not diminished and in this third edition, Leslie Green adds an introduction that places the book in a contemporary context, highlighting key questions about Hart's arguments and outlining the main debates it has prompted in the field. The complete text of the second edition is replicated here, including Hart'sPostscript, with fully updated notes to include modern references and further reading.
This book evolved from the Asian Development Bank and World Bank's joint pioneering seminar held in 1981 by professionals involved in the management of sixteen South and East Asian cities. Part One discusses the needs for adaptable network structures rather than hierarchical structures, stronger financial resources and administrative capacities at the municipal level, and integration and development activities with the establishment of cyclical procedures for analysis, planning, and implementation. Part Two provides detailed profiles of specific cities.