The public in law: representations of the political in legal discourse

Claudio Michelon, Gregor Clunie, Christopher McCorkindale, Haris Psarras

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Bringing together established academics and new researchers, the chapters in this collection interrogate the operation of 'the public' in a range of different legal, illegal and alegal spaces. The key question which frames the contributions is whether and in what manner 'the public' operates as an interface between law and society, allowing the interests and opinions of the population at large to be represented and reflected in legal discourse, such that collectively generated imperatives may be imposed upon political and economic actors. Multi-disciplinary in its approach, the volume reflects an understanding that there is more to the role of 'the public' in relation to law than the conventional demarcation of the field of 'public law' and that this relationship is open to comment from a wide range of actors
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFarnham
Number of pages318
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Publication series

NameEdinburgh and Glasgow Law and Society Series


  • public law
  • political thought
  • legal discourse
  • legal
  • illegal
  • alegal
  • law and society
  • the public


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