The study of public law in the UK has been hampered for many years by an inadequate appreciation among scholars and students of the importance of understanding the different political theories which underpin different models of public law. This short and highly readable work offers students a straightforward introduction to the relationship between public law and political theory and helps them to comprehend the rich literature on both subjects.
Readership: Undergraduate students of public law (constitutional and administrative law) and the government.
Martin Loughlin, Professor of Law, University of Manchester
"Rich and remarkably wide-ranging work ... important.'
Roger Cotterrell, Times Higher Education Supplement"
"`The attempt to root the discussion of public law in political theory is illuminating, and the exegesis of various discursive traditions is lucid.'
"`Professor Loughlin's book will fill the gap which has been apparent for some time, the lack of an accessible text on Public Law Theory, which draws argument together.'
Gavin Little, University of Dundee"
"`This is an excellent book.'
Richard de Friend, University of Kent"
"`A very interesting book. It requires a radical re-evaluation of how we teach or even think about Public Law.'
Richard Clements, Bristol Polytechnic"
"`Unique and readable, even for students with little legal background.'
Professor Gavin Drewry, Royal Holloway, London"
"`I thought this was a tremendously helpful review and critique of past, present and future orthodoxies.'
Iain Loveland, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London"
"`An excellent idea and a much needed text.'
P. Goodrich, Birkbeck College, University of London"
"`Very well written, although provoking and provocative.'
J.F. McEldony, University of Warwick"
"`This is an excellent, thought-provoking book ... very valuable material. I consider it compulsory reading for any graduate student of public law ... it offers an intellectual framework for discussion which in unrivalled in its sophistication.'
J.S. Bell, University of Leeds"
"`It provides an excellent discussion of the political theory elements in public law.'
D.J. Feldman, University of Birmingham"
"`In developing these sketches, he surveys and categorizes English and American writings on the subject. The result is a clearer picture of public law and, ideally, a theoretical framework that will facilitate further study of this increasingly complex area ... the structure of this work is well conceived ... The range of his survey is impressive ... and his analysis is insightful.'
Bimonthly Review of Law Books"
"`Excellent supplementary reading.'
John Lambert, University of Hull"
"`This book is unique, in the sense that examines public law in the light of political theory for the first time.'
Dr N. Emiliou, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London"
"`This book sets out in common language what all human rights students must grasp from the outset of this study: the past and future underpinnings of their legal debates. The summarizing of the scholarship in this area is impressive.'
M.J. Bryant, King's College, London"