Authors: Thomas F. Burke and Jeb Barnes
Series: Law, Courts and Politics
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 31, 2017)
Across the globe, law in all its variety is becoming more central to politics, public policy, and everyday life. For over four decades, Robert A. Kagan has been a leading scholar of the causes and consequences of the march of law that is characteristic of late 20th and early 21st century governance. In this volume, top sociolegal scholars use Kagan’s concepts and methods to examine the politics of litigation and regulation, both in the United States and around the world.
Through studies of civil rights law, tobacco politics, “Eurolegalism,” Russian auto accidents, Australian coal mines, and California prisons, these scholars probe the politics of different forms of law, and the complex path by which “law on the books” shapes social life. Like Kagan’s scholarship, Varieties of Legal Order moves beyond stale debates about litigiousness and overregulation, and invites us to think more imaginatively about how the rise of law and legalism will shape politics and social life in the 21st century.
‘Varieties of Legal Order is a fitting tribute to Robert Kagan. It contains an important set of essays by a prominent group of scholars who explore Kagan’s seminal distinction between adversarial and bureaucratic legalism in ways that should be of interest to scholars in many of fields.’ – Herbert M. Kritzer, Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy, University of Minnesota
‘This is a rich and diverse overview of the relationship between law, politics, and public policy. Leading scholars examine the political struggles over different forms of law and how those different forms shape social institutions. Varieties of Legal Order provides a thoughtful, nuanced introduction to a provocative set of conversations about the profusion of law across the globe.’ – Susan S. Silbey, Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences, MIT