Litigation and Legal Mobilization

Michael McCann

in The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199208425
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Litigation and Legal Mobilization


Studies of legal mobilization have made important contributions to social science analysis of law over the last three decades. This article briefly reviews that tradition, emphasizing its basic underlying premises and insights as well as the sources of diversity and even contestation within the legacy. It then examines in greater detail several of these important lines of inquiry within the tradition. The article also discusses the historical context of scholarly interest in legal mobilization, the micropolitics of individual legal mobilization, and group struggle and social reform. Finally, it suggests some of the most fruitful paths of future scholarship regarding litigation and legal mobilization.

Keywords: litigation; legal mobilization; law; micropolitics; group struggle; social reform

Article.  8185 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Politics and Law

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