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Law and the Making of the Soviet World

The Red Demiurge, 1st Edition

By Scott Newton


300 pages

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This book is an unconventional reappraisal of Soviet law: a field that is ripe for re-evaluation, now that it is clear of Cold War cobwebs; and, as this book shows, one that is surprisingly topical and newly compelling. Scott Newton argues here that the Soviet order was a work of law. Drawing on a wide range of sources – including Russian-language Soviet statues and regulations, jurisprudence, legal theory, and English-language ‘legal Kremlinology’ – this book analyses the central significance of law in the design and operation of Soviet economic, political, and social institutions. In arguing that it was an exemplary, rather than aberrant, case of the uses to which law was put in twentieth-century industrialised societies, Law and the Making of the Soviet World: The Red Demiurge provides an insightful account of both the significance of modern law in the Soviet case and the significance of the Soviet case for modern law.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Law and the Soviet Emergency State I; 2. Law and the Soviet Emergency State II; 3. Law and the Soviet Civil State I: Death and Resurrection; 4. Law and the Soviet Civil State II: Pashukanis to Vyshinksy; 5. Law and the Soviet Developmental State I: Sovereign Monopoly Capitalism; 6. Law and the Developmental State II: Industrialist, Employer, Landlord; 7. Law and the Soviet Social State; 8. Law and the Soviet (Multi) Cultural State; Epilogue: Perestroika and Collapse of the Law-State Complexes; Bibliography; Table of Authorities; Index

About the Author

Scott Newton is based at the School of Law, SOAS, University of London

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Comparative
LAW / International
LAW / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative