The Politics of Rights: Lawyers, Public Policy, and Political Change / Edition 2

The Politics of Rights: Lawyers, Public Policy, and Political Change / Edition 2

by Stuart A. Scheingold
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472030051

ISBN-13: 9780472030057

Pub. Date: 04/13/2004

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


Stuart A. Scheingold's landmark work introduced a new understanding of the contribution of rights to progressive social movements, and thirty years later it still stands as a pioneering and provocative work, bridging political science and sociolegal studies. In the preface to this new edition, the author provides a cogent analysis of the burgeoning scholarship…  See more details below

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Stuart A. Scheingold's landmark work introduced a new understanding of the contribution of rights to progressive social movements, and thirty years later it still stands as a pioneering and provocative work, bridging political science and sociolegal studies. In the preface to this new edition, the author provides a cogent analysis of the burgeoning scholarship that has been built on the foundations laid in his original volume. A new foreword from Malcolm Feeley of Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law traces the intellectual roots of The Politics of Rights to the classic texts of social theory and sociolegal studies.

"Scheingold presents a clear, thoughtful discussion of the ways in which rights can both empower and constrain those seeking change in American society. While much of the writing on rights is abstract and obscure, The Politics of Rights stands out as an accessible and engaging discussion."
-Gerald N. Rosenberg, University of Chicago

"This book has already exerted an enormous influence on two generations of scholars. It has had an enormous influence on political scientists, sociologists, and anthropologists, as well as historians and legal scholars. With this new edition, this influence is likely to continue for still more generations. The Politics of Rights has, I believe, become an American classic."
-Malcolm Feeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, from the foreword

Stuart A. Scheingold is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Washington.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472030057
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
04/13/2004
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
618,305
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
1Legal rights and political action3
2Law as ideology : an introduction to the myth of rights13
3An ideologist's eye view of the myth of rights23
4The call of the law : the myth of rights as political rhetoric39
5The political resonance of the myth of rights62
6Rights as resources83
7Constitutional values and political goals97
8The implementation of public policy117
9Legal rights and political mobilization131
10Legal education and professional socialization : the myth of rights revisited151
11The activist bar : programs and prospects170
12The political relevance of legal rights203
Index221

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