Law as a Means to an End: Threat to the Rule of Law

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September 2006



This book identifies the problems with viewing law as a means to an end.


Introduction; Part I. The Spread of Legal Instrumentalism: 1. Non-instrumental views of law; 2. Changing society and common law in the nineteenth century; 3. Nineteenth century legislation and legal profession; 4. Instrumentalism of the legal realists; 5. Twentieth century Supreme Court instrumentalism; Part II. Contemporary Legal Instrumentalism: 6. Instrumentalism in legal academia in the 1970s; 7. Instrumentalism in theories of law; 8. Instrumentalism in the legal profession; 9. Instrumentalism of cause litigation; 10. Instrumentalism and the judiciary; 11. Instrumentalism in legislation and administration; Part III. Corroding the Rule of Law: 12. Collapse of higher law, deterioration of common good; 13. The threat to legality; Epilogue.


Brian Z. Tamanaha is the Chief Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law. He delivered the inaugural Montesquieu Lecture (2004) at the University of Tilburg. He is the author of On the Rule of Law (Cambridge 2004), Realistic Socio-Legal Theory (Oxford 1997), and A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society (Oxford 2001) which won the Herbert Jacob Book Prize in 2001. He has published many articles and is the Associate Editor of Law and Society Review.


' ... an excellent treatment of a substantively interesting phenomenon, with real world implications. it is written in a lively, lucid manner, filled with fascinating titbits of information about its subject matter ... an outstanding treatment of an important scholarly question with profound normative implications for American society.' Law and Politics Review ' ... at once a high-paced historical thriller and a clamorous critique of contemporary US legal culture ... Tamanaha is an energetic travel companion. We should be grateful for his political sensitivity and his willingness to trawl through what he sees as a kind of Dante's Hell.' The Cambridge Law Journal
EAN: 9780521689670
ISBN: 0521689678
Untertitel: 'Law in Context'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 268 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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