Government Lawyers: Technicians, Policy Shapers and Organisational Brakes

(2021) 28 International Journal of the Legal Profession 23

18 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2021

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Philip S.C. Lewis

University of Oxford - Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

Linda Mulcahy

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies; University of Oxford

Date Written: January 10, 2021

Abstract

Government lawyers have been rather neglected by scholars interested in the workings of the legal profession and the role of professional groups in contemporary society. This is surprising given the potential for them to influence the internal workings of an increasingly legalistic and centralized state. This article aims to partly fill the gap left by looking at the way that lawyers employed by the government and the administrators they work with talk about their day to day practices. It draws on the findings of a large-scale empirical study of government lawyers in seven departments, funded by the ESRC. The study was undertaken between 2002-2003 by Philip Lewis, and is reported for the first time here. By looking at lawyers in bureaucracies the interviews conducted sought to explore what government lawyers do, how they talked about their work, and what distinguished them from the administrative grade clients and colleagues they worked with.

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Philip S.C. and Mulcahy, Linda, Government Lawyers: Technicians, Policy Shapers and Organisational Brakes (January 10, 2021). (2021) 28 International Journal of the Legal Profession 23, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3875350

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Linda Mulcahy (Contact Author)

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