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Reason in Law Paperback – July 21, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0205745395 ISBN-10: 0205745393 Edition: 8th
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Arguing that good legal reasoning remains the best device by which we can ensure that judicial impartiality, the rule of law, and social trust and peace are preserved, Thomas F. Burke and Lief H. Carter present an accessible and lively text that analyzes the politics of the judicial process.  Looking at the larger social and institutional contexts that affect the rule of law - including religious beliefs and media coverage of the courts -Reason in Lawuses cases ripped from the headlines to illustrate its theory in real-world practice.

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Lief Carter is Emeritus Professor of Colarado College, USA.

Tom Burke is Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College, USA.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 8 edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205745393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205745395
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Guerrilla Reader VINE VOICE on October 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Authors Carter and Burke create a brief but effective legal analysis tool in the form of their text, "Reason in Law."

By examining the relationship between the law and politics, the text asks that students attempt to become "thoughtful judges of judging" while becoming familiar with and trying to answer the ultimate issue, that being: "how can a pluralistic society be ruled legitimately if people of differing political allegiances can interpret the same legal text quite differently, . . . then how can the rule of law be properly applied?"

I have required this text for my Constitutional Law course students, and must caution the potential buyer that an understanding of civics must be possessed before the book can be read and understood in light of it's full spectrum.

Packed with current events, cases and controversies pulled right from the headlines of the newspapers, this text is compatible with any political science or legal curriculum. Illustrative cases and questions complete and summarize each chapter thus creating tools for the student to use so as to grasp the legal concepts, meanings, and interactions of law and the contemporary legal process.

Informative and thought provoking. Four stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara E. Clarke on January 25, 2013
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This is a very interesting book, one I would never have read if not suggested for a class. It is primarily a textbook, but anyone could enjoy it and benefit from the explanations and logic presented. It is challenging, but that is the pleasure of the book.
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