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Toward a Theory of Legal Impact [microform] : Some Perspectives on Compliance. Discussion Papers #389-77 / Michael Sosin
Bib ID 5343459
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Sosin, Michael
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1977 
35 p. 
Summary

An important question to both social theory and policy is the impact of law on behavior. This question has received considerable empirical attention, but the need for a consistent theoretical approach is evident. In this paper a preliminary theory of legal impact is suggested, and one specific aspect of it is detailed. The paper points out that a number of distinctions are necessary in a theory of impact. First, impact may occur at two levels, that of compliance and that of broader social impact. Second, three factors may be expected to influence impact, the source of the law, the content of the law, and the characteristics of the affected unit. Each of the three factors must be discussed separately, for both compliance and social impact, if a rigorous theory is to be developed. An ideal-typical approach is used to develop one aspect of a theory of impact, the relation of the source of the law to compliance. The ideal type is based on a conception of law developed by Weber, and it involves four topics: legitimacy, sanctions, enforcement, and integration. The paper concludes with some suggestions for using the ideal type in further empirical and theoretical studies. (Author)

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Conceptual Schemes.  |  Law Enforcement.  |  Laws.  |  Social Change.  |  Theories.
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty
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