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Searching for the State in British Legal Thought: Competing Conceptions of the Public Sphere

ISBN13: 9781107022485
Published: October 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00
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Janet McLean explores how the common law has personified the state and how those personifications affect and reflect the state's relationship to bureaucracy, sovereignty and civil society, the development of public law norms, the expansion and contraction of the public sphere with nationalization and privatization, state responsibility and human rights.

Treating legal thought as a variety of political thought, she discusses writers such as Austin, Maitland, Dicey, Laski, Robson, Hart, Griffith, Mitchell and Hayek in the context of both legal doctrine and broader intellectual movements.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Jurisprudence
1. Searching for the state in the idea of the crown
2. From the state as official to the state as machine: the nineteenth-century development of bureaucracy
3. The state as sovereign and the state as corporation: Austin and Hart in political context
4. Civil society: the English fellowships and the state
5. The private life of the state: the crown and the public sphere
6. A public law without a state: the political commitments of the new administrative law
7. No rights against the state: government wrongdoing and the law
8. Privatisation, deregulation and reconceiving the state
9. (Human) rights against the state
10. Prospectus.