The Unstable Alliance of Law and Morality

Carol A. Heimer*

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13 Scopus citations


This essay considers the relationship between legal systems and moral codes by examining the competition and cooperation between law and other normative systems (morality and law), moral evaluations of legal systems (the morality of law), and the displacement of moral codes by legal ones (morality or law).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
ISSN (Print)1389-6903
ISSN (Electronic)2542-839X


  • Legal Actor
  • Legal System
  • Moral Agency
  • Normative System
  • World Trade Organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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