Drawing upon legal history, legal theory, and legal sociology, this book presents an intellectual history of the U.S. legal culture which elaborates on the various developments that have led to and structure the present worrisome legal-political situation.
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' … 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
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.
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