Rule of Law

Discipline: Law, Political Science

A theory most familiarly associated with the English jurist Albert Venn Dicey (1835-1922).

People are governed by law rather than capriciously or arbitrarily, when all people including government and its officials are equally subject to law and when people are punishable only for an established breach of law.

Source:
David Miller et al., eds, The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (1987)

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