Analytical Methodology of Political Law

AuthorGregory Tardi
Pages77-88
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Analytical Methodology of
Political Law
Introduction
Within each of the academic and professional domains feeding into
political law, that is law, public administration, and political science,
there exist well-established methodologies of research and analysis.
Considering that political law is intended to present a novel and
interdisciplinary approach, it must use new analytical methods that
deserve explanation. e objective is to analyze the role of law in
the conduct of public aairs. Political law addresses two questions.
e f‌irst is how, and to what extent, the D/democratic state is a law-
based entity. Of equal import is the second, which is to what extent
D/democratic legality is inf‌luenced by politics.
In their ground-breaking work, Introduction à l’histoire des relations
internationales, the French political scientists Pierre Renouvin and
Jean-Baptiste Duroselle f‌irst develop the concept of “forces pro fondes .
By this phrase, they mean the foundational inf‌luences that give
shape to a system in politics. ey concentrate on international
relations, but their idea was later taken up by Alfred Grosser, who
mentions it in the context of political science more generally. Based
on the sense in which these scholars use the expression, the idea that
law, policy, and politics are each others’ forces p rofondes is inescapable.

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