2.2 Law and order in context
Law is regarded as a formal mechanism of social control. It creates legal obligations and rights that are enforceable, adjudicates disputes and settles conflicts in a peaceful and regulated way. There is considerable support for the view that the main aim or purpose of law is to provide a sufficient degree of order so that society can function.
You will now explore the ideas of law as a mechanism for achieving political, economic, public and social order.