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1st Edition

Technology and Legal Systems

ISBN 9780754645443
Published September 21, 2006 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

The advent of the knowledge economy and society has made it increasingly necessary for law reformers and policy makers to take account of the effects of technology upon the law and upon legal and political processes. This book explores aspects of technology's relationship with law and government, and in particular the effects changing technology has had on constitutional structures and upon business. Part I examines the legal normative influence of constitutional structures and political theories. It focuses on the interrelationship between laws and legal procedure with technology and the effect technology can have on the legal environment. Part II discusses the relationship between government and technology both at the national and international level. The author argues that technology must be contextualized within a constitution and draws on historical and contemporary examples to illustrate how technology has both shaped civilizations and been the product of its political and constitutional environment.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction. The Nature of Law and Technology: The nature of law and government; The response of business to changes in the legal environment; Technology's effect on legal systems. The Relationship of Government and Technology: Constitutional responses to paradigmatic shifts in technology; The nature of constitutions and their relationship with technology; Changes in the past; Changes in the present; Technological challenges to law, property and ethics; Lessons for the future; Bibliography; Index.

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Noel Cox holds the position of Head of the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. He is responsible for academic and research leadership, and for the development of academic staff in the discipline area. The law discipline, part of a multidiscipline faculty, has an emphasis upon commercial law, and law within its economic, social and political context.


'Noel Cox's book is a landmark in the confluence of several key streams of literature. At its core is the interaction between technology and legal systems...The technology-law interaction is placed in the context of their tripartite interrelations with business, government and society, to provide rich empirical and analytical dimensions to this pioneering study...The book demonstrates the gains from being written by an author with expertise in both [legal and technological] fields.' Nick von Tunzelmann, University of Sussex, UK 'For universities with departments in Business, Law and Communications, the book is a valuable addition to their libraries.' Information, Communication & Society