Is procedure instrumental?

Clearly procedure plays some important role in accounts of legal authority, a concept that depends on the possibility of obedience to substantively disagreeable legal commands. But is the role of procedure intrinsic - commanding obedience without regard to the outcomes it produces - or instrumental? On an epistemic-guidance account of legal authority (like Joseph Raz's service conception), the instrumental nature of procedure is obvious: Legal procedures confer authority by generating better outcomes than legal subjects could achieve on their own. On a broadly Hobbesian dispute-resolving account, however, procedure appears to have entirely intrinsic value, as a focus on outcomes seemingly would recapitulate whatever dispute law is supposed to resolve. This paper contends that, despite this impression, procedure can in fact be instrumental on a dispute-resolving account of legal authority, albeit on a systemic rather than an ad hoc basis - a possibility with potentially important consequences for the legitimacy of legal procedures.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,133
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Added to PP index

Total downloads
8 ( #501,423 of 2,191,835 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #288,547 of 2,191,835 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature