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The American Legal System and Civic Engagement: Why We All Should Think Like Lawyers

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ISBN13: 9781137344816
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Scholarly
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £60.00



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In recent years there has been a widely-recognized and serious lack of rational and civil public discussion about current issues. In The American Legal System and Civic Engagement, Manaster asserts that ordinary citizens can form their opinions on public issues more intelligently, confidently, and responsibly if they have some guidance on how to do it. Drawing from the tools and traditions of the American legal system, he offers guidance to aid citizens in understanding public issues and participating in the type of responsible public debate these challenging issues deserve. From analyzing the influence of the media in informing the public, to examining the role of the citizen as a juror, The American Legal System and Civic Engagement is a practical and informative guide to how Americans can better perform the civic duty that modern democracy requires.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
1. The Citizen's Task
2. The Citizen's Obstacles
3. Conventional Guidance
4. The Law's Tools and Traditions
5. The Citizen as Juror
6. Inescapable Differences
7. Guidance from the Law
8. Conclusion: About Responsibility