An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States by E. Allan Farnsworth

By E. Allan Farnsworth

Within the up to date, fourth version of this vintage textual content which has been translated into over a dozen languages, constitutional student and Columbia legislation tuition professor E. Allan Farnsworth offers a transparent clarification of the constitution and serve as of the U.S. felony process in a single convenient reference. An creation to the felony process of the us, Fourth variation is designed to be a normal advent to the constitution and serve as of the felony procedure of the USA, and is principally worthwhile for these readers who lack familiarity with primary institutions and practices.

This textual content additionally supplies the reader a transparent realizing of ways to investigate the legislations, the significance of case legislations as opposed to statutes, and the variation among deepest and public legislations. It illustrates matters that could be complicated or not easy and gives an effective common evaluate. It contains a new advent by way of Steve Sheppard.

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Do laws have symbolic effects? In Social and symbolic effects of legislation under the rule of law, ed. Nicolle Zeegers, Willem Witteveen, and Bart van Klink, 147–161. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press. Gusfield, Joseph R. 1976. Symbolic crusade. Status politics and the American temperance movement. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Jasiak, Anna. 2010. Constitutional constraints on ad hoc legislation. A comparative study of the United States, Germany and the Netherlands (diss. Tilburg). Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers.

So there is a possible tension (which is not further theorised) between the adherence to certain substantive political values on the one hand and the formal ideal of democracy on other hand, which is taken to prescribe that the realisation of these values have to be outsourced, from the legislature to the courts or to society in general. Within the communicative and interactive approach 17 This point is also discussed in the introduction (Chap. 1, Sect. 2). This metaphor is introduced in Van der Burg and Ippel (1994).

3 Because of their political character, I have coined 2 In this context, ‘political’ refers to the use or abuse of power by state officials for their own sake or their clientele’s at the cost of the common good. In Sect. 4, I develop a more general concept of the political (of which ‘dirty politics’ is just one particular instance). 3 The distinction between direct, indirect and independent effects I have borrowed from Griffiths (1978, 8–12). 2 Symbolic Legislation: An Essentially Political Concept 23 these effects, which are mainly of an immaterial nature, ‘negative-symbolic effects’ (Van Klink 1998, 47).

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