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An Introduction to Law (Law in Context) by Phil Harris

By Phil Harris

Because the book of its first variation, this textbook has develop into the definitive scholar creation to the topic. As with past variants, the 7th variation provides a transparent realizing of basic felony techniques and their value inside society. additionally, this publication addresses the ways that ideas and the buildings of legislations reply to and impression upon adjustments in monetary and political lifestyles. The name has been greatly up-to-date and explores fresh excessive profile advancements reminiscent of the Civil Partnership Act 2005 and the Racial and spiritual Hatred invoice. This introductory textual content covers quite a lot of issues in a transparent, brilliant type giving complete context to every. as a result An creation to legislations is perfect for all scholars of legislations, be they undergraduate legislations scholars, these learning legislations as a part of a combined measure, or scholars on social sciences classes which provide legislations recommendations.

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Such regulation, affecting many of the areas discussed in this book, raises important questions about the relationship between the state and private individuals and groups, and about the appropriateness or otherwise of using legal mechanisms for the realisation of political policies and objectives. It is vital, therefore, to appreciate the historical, 24 S. Macaulay, ‘Non-Contractual Relations in Business’ in V. ), Sociology of Law (1972, Penguin). See also H. Genn, Hard Bargaining: Out of Court Settlement in Personal Injury Actions (1987, Clarendon); M.

Chapter 12. 7 8 An Introduction to Law have rarely, if ever, existed in reality in their pure form. Most societies have elements of more than one type. Our own society has elements of all three – the traditional (as seen in the ceremonies surrounding, say, the formal opening of Parliament), the charismatic (such as the leadership of Churchill during the Second World War) and the rational-legal (as in bureaucratic political and legal institutions such as the civil service). The issues raised by notions such as ‘obedience to law’ and ‘sources of authority’, then, are clearly much more complex than Austin’s simple idea of a ‘sovereign’ might suggest.

Law and society These early laws regulating wages and prohibiting ‘combinations’ are, of course, examples of direct state intervention which, though no doubt legitimated as being in the interests of the national economy, nevertheless clearly operated to the advantage of employers and to the detriment of employees. The effect of these restrictions was, moreover, to enhance the conflicts inherent in the employment relationship – conflicts which become clearer when we examine the relative positions of power between them.

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