Law in Politics, Politics in Law

Edited by: David Feldman

Much that has been written on the relationship between politics and law has been overwhelmingly theoretical. Relatively little is known about the practical, day-to-day impact of law on politicians, their legal advisers, and civil servants. Yet, policy can be given effect through law; legislation often has partisan, political, pragmatic aims, and legal rules and procedures can exercise unwelcome constraints on politicians when developing and implementing policies. How do lawyers in government see their roles? How does politics affect the drafting of legislation or the making of policy? This volume begins to answer these and other questions in a number of settings. The book's contributors include former departmental legal advisers, drafters of legislation, law reformers, judges, and academics, who focus on what actually happens when law meets politics in government. *** ''I do not hesitate to recommend this book, both to participants in political and legal process and also the interested general reader: it contains a great deal of first-class material and is a welcome addition to the literature in this area.'' -- Saira Salimi, Statute Law Review *** ''This rigorous, ranging and broad-minded book reflects the best of two worlds; it is a valuable read for those who try to walk the line between them.'' -- Mark Davies, The Table *** '''...the value [of this volume] lies in the fact that it brings together a multiplicity of highly-respected voices, not only from academia, but also from institutional and professional levels, who have been working on the various possible ways of interpreting the relationship between politics and law.'' (Translated from the original Italian) -- Nicola Lupo, Rivista Trimestrale di Diritto Pubblico (Series: Hart Studies in Constitutional Law - Vol. 3) [Subject: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Politics]


Publication Date: 12/24/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781849469906

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