It is perhaps worth explaining why there is a special importance in the present development of the theory of the State. Law, like every social phenomenon, is subject to perpetual change; indeed any scientific study of law must necessarily involve an analysis of the evolution of legal institutions. In a sense, therefore, the trasnformation of the state is also the transformation of its law.
But we must go a little deeper. The real justification of this book is the immediate situation of political theory. Just as every living being has moments in its existence when, even while obeying the general law of its life, it undergoes a change that is especially fundamental in importance, so it is in the history of peoples.
Table of Contents
Translator's Preface. Introduction. Author's Introduction 1.The Eclipse of Sovereignty 2. Public Service 3. Statute 4. Special Statutes 5. Aministrative Acts 6. The Borderline of Administrative Law 7. Responsibility Conclusion Bibliographical Note
Leon Duguit was a leading French scholar of administrative law. After a stint at Caen from 1882 to 1886, he was appointed to a chair of constitutional law at the University of Bordeaux during 1892, where one of his colleagues was Emile Durkheim.