Introduction for Law and Politics: Critical Concepts in Political Science
LAW AND POLITICS: CRITICAL CONCEPTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, K. Whittington, ed., Routledge, December 2012
19 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 1, 2012
The scholarly study of law and politics is a growing and diverse field. The range of scholarship in the area reflects the wide scope of issues and questions that are relevant to the field of law and politics and that invite new and further study. The diversity of scholarly interest in law and politics also reflects the interdisciplinary conversation that the field invites.
Law and Politics covers this ground as a new title in the Routledge series, Critical Concepts in Political Science. Along with a new introduction by the editor, the four-volume collection brings together the best of canonical and cutting-edge works in the field. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of law and politics and will stand as an essential research resource for scholars and students alike.
The first volume in the collection focuses on jurisprudence and constitutionalism and assembles key works examining such basic question as what is law and what purposes do constitutions serve. The second volume turns its attention to how courts operate and how judges make their decisions, examining the judicial process from trial courts to appellate courts. The third volume focuses on the relationship between law and society and takes up the intersection between the legal process and social actors, considering such issues as how ordinary people think about the law and how legal compliance works. The final volume considers law, courts and politics in an international and comparative perspective, bringing together research on such topics as the foundations of judicial independence and the relationship between law and economic development.
This introduction overviews the development and current contours of the field of law and politics.
Keywords: law and politics, law and courts, judicial politics, political science, law and society, political jurisprudence
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