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Cause Lawyers in a Cold Climate

Andrew Boon

in Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195141177
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871391 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195141172.003.0006

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

 Cause Lawyers in a Cold Climate

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The neoliberal agenda initiated under the Thatcher government had a major impact on the legal profession in the U.K., by dismantling its protective practices, and by substantially reducing the legal aid budget as part of its assault on welfare expenditures. The legal profession saw this as derogation from its legitimacy in the eyes of public opinion, or erosion of its symbolic social capital, and responded by an increased focus on cause lawyering and by assuming a greater burden of pro bono work.

Keywords: cause lawyers; globalization; legal aid; social capital; U.K

Chapter.  21315 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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