Thinking About Law: Perspectives on the history, philosophy and sociology of law

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Richard Johnstone, Richard Ingleby
Routledge, Jul 23, 2020 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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There is more to law than rules, robes and precedents. Rather, law is an integral part of social practices and policies, as diverse and complex as society itself.

Thinking About Law offers a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which law has been presented and represented. It explores historical, sociological, economic and philosophical perspectives on the major legal and political debates in Australia today.

The contributors examine the position of Aborigines in the Australian legal system and the impact of the Mabo case; divisions of power in Australian society and law; the question of objectivity in law; the relationship between legislation and social change; judicial decision-making and other issues.

Accessibly written, Thinking About Law is essential reading for students and anyone interested in understanding our legal system.

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Themes in liberal legal and constitutional theory
Economic and sociological approaches to
the radical challenge to legal liberalism
Explaining law reform
Invocation and enforcement of legal rules
Judicial decision making

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All three editors teach in the Law School at the University of Melbourne. ROSEMARY HUNTER is the author of Indirect Discrimination in the Workplace (1992); RICHARD INGLEBY is a Senior Associate with Gadens Ridgeway and the author of Family Law and Society (1993); and RICHARD JOHNSTONE is co-author with M. Le Brun of The Quiet (R)evolution (1994).

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