This title was first published in 2003. This book examines the interrelationship between the unravelling of the post-war welfare state and legal change. By reference to theorists of postmodernity such as Zygmunt Bauman, Scott Lash and John Urry, and David Harvey, the principal argument is that contemporary law and legal institutions can be best understood as having changed in ways that mirror the recent transformation of the interventionist welfare state and its Fordist, Keynesian economic infrastructure. The key changes identified in the legal field include:- the shift toward marketized regulatory structures as reflected in privatization and deregulation, the attenuation of welfare rights, the privatization of justice, legal polycentricity, the reconfiguration of the welfare state’s social citizenship and the globalization of law. Empirical evidence from a number of jurisdictions is adduced to indicate the general direction of change.
About the Author
Brendan Edgeworth is a senior lecturer in the School of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, where he teaches property law, equity and housing law.
Table of Contents
Contents: Legal and social change; Cognitive mapping; Modern law and the welfare state; Old theories, new paradigm; Legal postmodernization; Critique and reform; What next?; Bibliography; Index.