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The Study of Law and Politics

Keith E. Whittington, R. Daniel Kelemen and Gregory A. Caldeira

in The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199208425
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199208425.003.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 The Study of Law and Politics

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This book deals with the interdisciplinary connections of the study of law and politics. It discusses jurisprudence and the philosophy of law, constitutional law, politics and theory, judicial politics, and law and society. The book reviews three prominent traditions in the empirical analysis of law and politics and, indeed, politics more broadly: judicial behavior, strategic action, and historical institutionalism. It also focuses on questions of law and courts in a global context and on how law constitutes and orders political and social relationships. Moreover, the book: examines how courts, politics, and society have intersected in the United States; reviews several recent interdisciplinary movements in the study of law and politics and how they intersect with and are of interest to political science; and offers personal perspectives on how the study of law and politics has developed over the past generation, and where it might be headed in the next.

Keywords: United States; politics; law; jurisprudence; judicial politics; constitutional law; judicial behavior; courts; society; political science

Article.  5418 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Politics and Law

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