Public Law and Democracy in the United Kingdom and the United States of America

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byP. P. Craig

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This bold and powerfully argued book has two themes. The `minor' theme is that the content and direction of both constitutional and administrative law are integrally related. The `major' theme is that their nature and content can only be properly understood against the background politicaltheory which a society actually espouses, or against such a background which a particular commentator believes a society should espouse. Public Law and Democracy in the United Kingdom and United States of America brings the fruits of writings in political science and political theory to bear on the issues of public law. A critical examination of the centralist democratic views of Dicey is followed by an extensive discussion of avariety of pluralist theories of democracy, tracing their development in the USA from the early twentieth century to their more sophisticated recent versions. A similar analysis is applied to a cross-section of English pluralists, and in all cases the discussion is followed by a criticism of theviews expounded and an exploration of their implications for public law. Considerable space is devoted to the examination of Rawls' views and their implications for public law and to a discussion of Republicanism and radical participatory democracy arguments.

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This bold and powerfully argued book has two themes. The `minor' theme is that the content and direction of both constitutional and administrative law are integrally related. The `major' theme is that their nature and content can only be properly understood against the background politicaltheory which a society actually espouses, or a...

P. P. Craig is at Worcester College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:454 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.22 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019825637X

ISBN - 13:9780198256373

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`This is an ambitious and significant contribution to the field of public law scholarship ... it is a book that will be of enormous benefit to liberals, conservatives, and radicals. It forces a rigorous reappraisal of the basic assumptions that influence and contain the structure andsubstance of public law and scholarship. It is difficult to offer or ask for more than that.'Osgoode Hall Law Journal