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The Sociology of Law and the Global Transformation of Democracy

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  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107199903

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  • This book provides a new legal-sociological account of contemporary democracy. It is based on a revision of standard positions in democratic theory, reflecting the impact of global legal norms on the institutions of national states. Chris Thornhill argues that the establishment of fully democratic, fully inclusive governance systems in national societies was generally impeded by inner-societal structural factors, and that inclusive patterns of democratic citizenship only evolved on the foundation of global legal norms that were consolidated after 1945. He claims that this process can be best understood through a transposition of key insights of classical legal sociology onto the form of global society. Extensive analysis of select case studies in different regions illustrate these claims. Thornhill offers a sociological theory of global law to explain contemporary processes of democratic integration and institutional formation, and contemporary constructions of citizenship and political rights. This title is also available as Open Access.

    • Offers a new sociological perspective for interpreting democracy, and a new theory of global law focusing on global legal preconditions of democracy
    • Articulates the importance of classical legal sociology for contemporary legal-political inquiry
    • Provides macro-sociological explanations of different patterns of democratic failure, offering new accounts of reasons for democratic crises
    • This book is also available as Open Access
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    'Chris Thornhill endeavours to reconstruct a theory of democracy that is descriptively more realistic and normatively more robust than classical theories of democracy. … This work has the merit that it connects a very informed socio-historical approach with a fundamental sociological thesis concerning the linkage between the political system and the system of law. … [A] book that is without any doubt of crucial importance in the contemporary sociology of law.' Jean de Munck, translated from Droit et Société

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    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107199903
    • length: 596 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.07kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The paradox of democracy and the sociology of law
    2. National democracy and global law
    3. Before the law?
    4. Politics becomes the law
    5. The reconstruction of democratic agency
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Chris Thornhill, University of Manchester
    Chris Thornhill is Professor in Law at the University of Manchester. He is the author of several books on the sociology of law, especially on the sociology of constitutions. His books and other writings have been translated into many languages. He is a member of the Academia Europaea.

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