Chapter 16. Critical Legal Studies

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor2,3,4
  1. Guyora Binder Professor

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch16

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

How to Cite

Binder, G. (2010) Critical Legal Studies, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition (ed D. Patterson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  2. 3

    Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA

  3. 4

    Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. State University of New York, Buffalo, School of Law, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170062

Online ISBN: 9781444320114

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Keywords:

  • critical legal studies - movement in legal scholarship, Conference on Critical Legal Studies;
  • critical legal studies as analytic jurisprudence - critique of liberal rights theory;
  • “indeterminacy thesis” - claims about classical liberalism in securing liberty through rule of law;
  • critique of instrumentalism;
  • critics' transformation of legal history;
  • malleability of notion of interest itself - barrier to doctrinal determinacy;
  • indeterminacy of interests - basis for attacking policy analysis, dominating postrealist legal scholarship;
  • contingency of allocative efficiency on legal and cultural norms - making efficient allocation inefficient and vice versa;
  • indeterminacy of interests - undermining instrumental conceptions of society

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Critical Legal Studies as Analytic Jurisprudence: The Critique of Liberal Rights Theory

  • Critical Legal Studies as Social Theory

  • Conclusion

  • References