Liberalism: The Right, The Good, and The Scope of Public Law (II)


in Public Law and Democracy in the United Kingdom and the United States of America

Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780198256373
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681646 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Law Series

Liberalism: The Right, The Good, and The Scope of Public Law (II)

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Attacks on liberalism differ in degree, and the content of criticisms varies from writer to writer. This chapter focuses upon principal criticisms of liberalism, and evaluates their relevance to, and usage by, public lawyers. It notes that the challenge to liberalism is in fact a series of distinctive, albeit related, attacks. These attacks are separately evaluated. It cites two main points as way of conclusion. First, the analysis reveals the complexity and contestability of the general critiques which have been leveled at liberalism. Second, the discussions reveals the weakness in the normative argumentation of interest-group pluralism.

Keywords: legislative action; principle of justice; neutrality; liberalism; foundational neutrality; internal neutrality; public lawyers

Chapter.  13410 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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