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- DescriptionIn this book Roberto Mangabeira Unger brings together his work in legal and social theory. He argues for the reconstruction of legal analysis as a discipline of institutional imagination. He shows how a changed practice of legal analysis can help us re-imagine and reshape the dominant institutions of representative democracy, market ecomy and free civil society. The search for basic social alternatives, largely abandoned by philosophy and politics, can find in such a practice a new point of departure. Unger criticizes the dominant, rationalizing style of legal doctrine, with its obsessional focus upon adjudication and its urge to suppress or contain conflict or contradiction in law. He shows how we can turn legal analysis into a way of talking about the alternative institutional futures of a democratic society. The programmatic proposals of Unger's Politics are here placed within a wider field of possibilities. A major concern of the book is to explore how professional specialities such as legal thought can inform the public debate in a democracy. The book exemplifies this connection: Unger's arguments are accessible to those with specialized kwledge of law or legal theory.
- Author BiographyRoberto Mangabeira Unger is Professor of Law at Harvard University. His earlier books include The Critical Legal Studies Movement, Passion: An Essay on Personality, and False Necessity: Antinecessitarian Social Theory in the Service of Radical Democracy. Forthcoming from Verso are Democratic Experimentalism and a new edition of Politics.
- Author(s)Roberto Mangabeira Unger
- PublisherVerso Books
- Date of Publication24/05/1996
- SubjectLaw: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintVerso Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight390 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine16 mm
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