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Questioning the Foundations of Public Law

Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Michael Dowdle

ISBN13: 9781509911677
Published: May 2018
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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In 2010, Martin Loughlin, Professor of Public Law at the LSE, published Foundations of Public Law, "an account of the foundation of the discipline of public law with a view to identifying its essential character".

The book has become a landmark in the field, and it has been said, notably by one its major critics, that it noThew provides the 'starting point' for any deeper inquiry into the subject.

The purpose of this volume is critically to engage with Foundations - conceptually, comparatively and historically - from the viewpoints of public law, private law, political, social and legal theory, as well as jurisdictional perspectives including the US, India, and Continental Europe.

Scholars also consider the legacy and continuing relevance of Foundations in the light of developments in transnational law, global law and regional integration in the European Union.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Part I: Introducing the Foundations of Public Law
1. Questioning the Foundations of Public Law and Questioning Foundations of Public Law Michael A Wilkinson and Michael W Dowdle
2. Political Jurisprudence Martin Loughlin

Part II: The Methodological Critique
3. Questioning a Uniform Concept of Public Law Andrew Halpin
4. The Tragic Politics of Public Law Panu Minkkinen
5. Immanence and Irreconcilability: On the Character of Public Law as Political Jurisprudence Jacco Bomhoff

Part III: The Normative Critique
6. Concrete Order Formation or Rational Will Formation? Constituent Power as the Ratio of Voluntas Hauke Brunkhorst
7. Private Law, Potentia and the Ethical: On What Justification Does the State Coercively Tax its Subjects in Order to Build Bridges, Fund the BBC, and Subsidise Charities? James Penner
8. A Conventional Narrative: The Rhetorical Shape of Foundations of Public Law Anna Yeatman
9. Foundations of Public Law and Postnational Constitutionalism Neil Walker

Part IV: The Material Critique
10. Putting Public Law in its Place: State-Theoretical Comments on Foundations of Public Law Bob Jessop
11. The Materiality of Political Jurisprudence Marco Goldoni
12. Public Law and the Autonomy of the Political: A Material Critique Michael A Wilkinson

Part V: The Comparative Critique
13. Foundations of Public Law: A View from the United States Mark Tushnet
14. The Elusive Quest for Community: The Making of Political Identity in Modern Indian Constitutionalism Mathew John
15. Uncovering the Foundations of Administrative Law? Denis Baranger

Part VI: The Response
16. Excavating Foundations Martin Loughlin Bibliography