What is the rule of law? Why is it important in Western democracies? What does it mean to say that “nobody is above the law”?
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The idea of the rule of law can be traced back to at least the time of Aristotle who observed that given the choice between a king who ruled by discretion and a king who ruled by law, the later was clearly superior to the former. The rule of law is a difficult concept to grasp and proves elusive to substantive definition. (Slapper and Kelly,2009) postulate that, “the ‘rule of law’ represents a symbolic ideal against which the proponents of widely divergent political persuasions measures and criticize the shortcomings of contemporary State practice. This essay will discuss the concept of rule of law and critically posit the significance of it to Western democracies.
The idea of the rule of law can be traced back to at least the time of great Greek philosopher Aristotle who observed that given the choice between a king who ruled by discretion and a king who ruled by law, the latter was clearly superior to the former. History has proven not once not twice that nations governed by strict adherence to the law of the land are prosperous and cohesive in terms of unity and stability