Liberty and the Republican Citizen

Mary E. Vogel

in Coercion to Compromise

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195101751
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851461 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

Liberty and the Republican Citizen

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This chapter examines the role of liberalism and republicanism in the origin of plea bargaining in Boston, Massachusetts, providing a detailed analysis of the historical specifics of the structural and imaginative world of the courts of nineteenth-century Boston. It explores the rise of the rule of law, the tension that emerged between law rule and self-rule, and the emergence of popular democracy to challenge elite dominance. These are the aspects of social and political life that fundamentally shaped the role and functioning of the courts.

Keywords: plea bargaining; liberalism; republicanism; Boston; Massachusetts; courts; rule of law; law rule; self-rule; popular democracy

Chapter.  6027 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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