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European Legal Cultures in Transition


  • Date Published: August 2015
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107050358

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  • Are national legal cultures in Europe converging or diverging as a result of the pressures of European legal integration? Åse B. Grødeland and William L. Miller address this question by exploring the attitudes and perceptions of the general public and law professionals in five European countries: England, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland and the Ukraine. Presenting new findings, they challenge the established view that ordinary citizens and people working professionally with the law have different legal cultures. Their research in fact reveals that the attitudes of citizens in Eastern and Western Europe towards 'law-in-principle' are remarkably similar, whereas perceptions of 'law-in-practice' differ by country and often correlate with GDP per capita and country ranking in rule of law indices. Grødeland and Miller's innovative methodological approach will appeal to both experts and non-experts with an interest in legal culture, European integration, or European elite and public opinion.

    • Provides a thorough and systematic investigation of legal culture in five countries across Western and Eastern Europe
    • Presents new and original data on European elite and public opinion, documenting similarities and differences in attitudes and perceptions
    • Combines quantitative and qualitative data in an original approach that contributes to social science methodology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… Ase B. Grodeland and William L. Miller published one of the most important studies of legal culture to date … the text covers some 500 pages and it is replete with dozens and dozens of tables, and extensive quotes from interviews. The result is a rich and unprecedented study of European legal culture … The authors and researchers who worked on this book deserve our thanks for their monumental enterprise. Legal culture has changed, and will continue to change. Nonetheless, for the reasons suggested, this snapshot of legal culture in five countries is both illuminating and important; and its messages and methods, I think, are of great significance for the world of legal scholarship.' Lawrence M. Friedman, Perspectives on Europe

    'On the whole, the book is well written and clear, in spite of the complexity of the authors' theoretical framework. It furthers in many ways the understanding of the processes of convergence and divergence of European legal cultures and provides convincing explanations of the causes of these processes that could be further developed in future studies.' Liviu Damsa, Europe-Asia Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107050358
    • length: 590 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 141 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. One European legal culture or several?
    2. Concept/meaning of 'law'
    3. Law in principle
    4. Law in action
    5. Perceptions of legal outsiders
    6. Perceptions of legal insiders
    7. Legal change and legal transfers
    8. Muslims and Euro-migrants as carriers of legal culture
    9. Balancing civil rights against a 'war on terror'
    10. The role of religiosity in European popular legal cultures
    11. A European legal culture?
    Appendix: data collection.

  • Authors

    Åse B. Grødeland, Fafo Institute for Applied Social Sciences, Norway
    Åse B. Grødeland is senior researcher at Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies, Oslo, Norway. Her forthcoming publications on legal culture include The End of National Legal Culture? The Case of Norway (with Janne H. Matlary and Morten Kinander, 2016).

    William L. Miller, University of Glasgow
    William L. Miller is Professor Emeritus and former Edward Caird Professor of Politics at the University of Glasgow. His most recent books include Multicultural Nationalism: Islamophobia, Anglophobia and Devolution (with Asifa Hussain, 2006) and The Open Economy and its Enemies: Public Attitudes in East Asia and Eastern Europe (with Jane Duckett, Cambridge, 2006).

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