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Clarendon Press
01 January 1998
Political science & theory; Liberalism & centre democratic ideologies; Political manifestos; Legal profession: general
In contrast to other theories of legal professions, which neglect politics, this volume advances a political theory of lawyers' collective action by demonstrating lawyers' influence on the emergence and development of western political liberalism. Four sociologists and four historians show how layers, over several centuries, have been variously committed to the building of liberal political society in France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. The introductory chapters, written by the editors, present a theoretical argument that integrates the historical and comparative studies of lawyers' engagement in three areas of liberal politics: the constitution of the moderate state, the institutions of civil society, and the constitution of individual rights. The editors conclude the book with an essay on lawyers' historical involvements in political globalization. This fresh interpretation not only demonstrates the variety of relationships between lawyers and politics, but it delineates issues, concepts, and a theory that helps understand the current action of lawyers in new democracies.
Edited by:   Terence C. Halliday (Senior Research Fellow Senior Research Fellow American Bar Foundation), Lucien Karpik (Professor of Sociology, Professor of Sociology, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines)
Imprint:   Clarendon Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   579g
ISBN:   9780198262886
ISBN 10:   0198262884
Series:   Oxford Socio-Legal Studies
Pages:   388
Publication Date:   01 January 1998
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Professor Terence C Halliday is Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation and President of the National Institute for Social Science Information. Professor Lucien Karpik is Professor of Sociology at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines.

Reviews for Lawyers and the Rise of Western Political Liberalism: Europe and North America from the Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries

Halliday and Karpik develop an insightful theory of lawyers' influence on the emergence and development of Western-style liberalism....This is an excellent addition to the literature on legal professionals....This exceptionally organized book is highly recommended for faculty and graduate students. --Choice

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