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Introduction to the English Legal System

Introduction to the English Legal System (15th edn)

Martin Partington
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date: 28 June 2022

p. 82. Law and society: the purposes and functions of lawlocked

p. 82. Law and society: the purposes and functions of lawlocked

  • Martin Partington


This chapter discusses the social functions of law at both the macro and micro levels. The macro functions of law cover the relationship between law and different orders: public order, political order, social order, economic order, international order, and moral order. They also include the resolution of social problems, the regulation of human relationships, and the educative or ideological function of law. The micro functions of law include: defining the limits of acceptable behaviour, the consequences of certain forms of behaviour, and processes for the transaction of business and other activities, as well as creating regulatory frameworks, giving authority to agents of the state to take actions against citizens, preventing the abuse of power by officials, giving power/authority to officials to assist the public, and prescribing procedures for the use of law.

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