Variety of Public Interest Concepts and Their Evaluation

Ugnius Trumpulis


The article aims to analyse and evaluate different conceptions of public interest form the legal perspective. In the first section of the article, different classifications of public interest conceptions are presented. The classifications are based on opinions and research by various foreign and Lithuanian scientists. The author highlights four main conceptions of public interest: procedural, majority opinion, commonly-held value and common interest. In the second, the third, the fourth and the fifth sections of the article, the main arguments and theses of the abovementioned public interest conceptions are analysed and evaluated. The author states that there is no public interest conception that would fully and adequately explain the complexity of the analysed category; however, each conception, by defining public interest in its own way, allows getting a better view and understanding of public interest as a whole.


public interest; procedural conception; majority opinion conception; commonly-held value conception; common interest conception

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236