212 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1990. The Law brings issues of legal theory to life by relating them to real problems in British politics. Questions about human rights, the rule of law, the unwritten constitution, the role of judges, law and politics, and civil disobedience are often discussed as purely abstract issues. Jeremy Waldon, however, considers them in the context of incidents such as the GLC's `Fare's Fair' case, the choice of Prime Minister, interrogation techniques in Northern Ireland, and the 1984-85 Miners' Strike. He shows that the role of law is not a dry conceptual study, but instead raises issues that lie at the very heart of British politics, and maintains that many political controversies in turn cannot be understood without looking at the issues of legal philosophy at stake.This lively text is intended for students of politics as well as law, but it will also interest anyone who is concerned about the rule of law in Britain. In particular, it asks the crucial question, 'How can the people of Britain reclaim the law as their own?' The rule of law should not be regarded simply as an obligation that people have to live with; it is also a responsibility that the government owes to the people to formulate legislation and to operate a legal system that is worthy of our respect.

    1 Introduction 2 Law and politics 3 The rule of law 4 The constitution 5 Rights 6 Judges 7 Breaking the law 8 The legal framework


    Jeremy Waldron

    `Both as a technique for selling theory to students, and as a way of introducing lay readers to controversies over the role of law and legal institutions in the body politic, the case-system [employed by the author] has much to recommend it, and this book, always clear and perceptive, is a good advertisement for it.' - Times Literary Supplement

    `... brilliantly achieved ... a stimulating read.' - Lord Wilberforce, Political Studies