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Adversarial legalism : the American way of law

Author: Robert A Kagan
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"American dispute resolution is more adversarial, compared with systems of other economically advanced countries. Americans more often rely on legal threats and lawsuits. American laws are generally more complicated and prescriptive, adjudication more costly, penalties more severe. [This book] examines the origins and consequences of this system."--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Kagan
ISBN: 9780674238367 0674238362
OCLC Number: 1090282556
Description: xix, 408 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface to the second edition --
Preface to the first edition --
1. Adversarial legalism : contours, consequences, causes. The concept of adversarial legalism --
The two faces of adversarial legalism --
The political construction of adversarial legalism --
2. Criminal justice. Adversarial legalism and American criminal justice --
Deciding criminal cases --
3. Civil justice. Adversarial legalism and civil justice --
The tort law system --
4. Public law : social justice and regulation. Adversarial legalism and the welfare state --
Adversarial legalism and the regulatory state --
Economic development, environmental protection, and adversarial legalism --
Afterword: Adversarial legalism in the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: Robert A. Kagan.

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"American dispute resolution is more adversarial, compared with systems of other economically advanced countries. Americans more often rely on legal threats and lawsuits. American laws are generally more complicated and prescriptive, adjudication more costly, penalties more severe. [This book] examines the origins and consequences of this system."--

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