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

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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: 4/13/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,186,896
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
1 Legal rights and political action 3
2 Law as ideology : an introduction to the myth of rights 13
3 An ideologist's eye view of the myth of rights 23
4 The call of the law : the myth of rights as political rhetoric 39
5 The political resonance of the myth of rights 62
6 Rights as resources 83
7 Constitutional values and political goals 97
8 The implementation of public policy 117
9 Legal rights and political mobilization 131
10 Legal education and professional socialization : the myth of rights revisited 151
11 The activist bar : programs and prospects 170
12 The political relevance of legal rights 203
Index 221
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