Lectures on the Relation between Law and Public Opinion in England
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Liberty Fund
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Introduction to the Liberty Fund Edition
In the last decade of his life Albert Dicey repeatedly claimed that Lectures on the Relation between Law and Public Opinion in England during the Nineteenth Century...
This edition is based on a 1917 printing of the 1914 second edition. It was compared with the first edition of 1905. I have placed Dicey’s 1914 “Introduction to the Second...
Preface to the First Edition
In 1898 I accepted an invitation to deliver to the students of the Harvard Law School a short course of lectures on the History of English Law during the last century. It occurred...
Preface to the Second Edition
The body of this work is a second edition, or a corrected reprint of the first edition, of my treatise on Law and Public Opinion in England during the Nineteenth Century. It is accompanied by a new...
Lecute I: The Relation between Law and Public Opinion
My aim in these lectures is to exhibit the close dependence of legislation, and even of the absence of legislation, in England during the nineteenth century upon the varying...
Lecture II. Characteristics of Law-making Opinion in England
Let it be here noted once for all that these lectures have a very precise and limited scope; they are primarily concerned with public opinion only during the nineteenth...
Lecture III. Democracy and Legislation
Does not the advance of democracy afford the clue to the development of English law since 1800? This inquiry is suggested by some indisputable facts. In England, as in other European countries...
Lecture IV. The Three Main Currents of Public Opinion
The nineteenth century falls into three periods, during each of which a different current or stream of opinion was predominant, and in the main governed the...
Lecture V. The Period of Old Toryism or Legislative Quiescence
Four points merit special attention: the state of opinion during the era of legislative quiescence—the resulting absence of legal changes during the first quarter...
Lecture VI. The Period of Benthamism or Individualism
Individualism as regards legislation is popularly, and not without reason, connected with the name and the principles of Bentham. The name of one man, it is...
Lecture VII. The Growth of Collectivism
With the passing of the Reform Act began the reign of liberalism, and the utilitarianism of common sense acquired, in appearance at least, despotic power, but this...
Lecture VIII. Period of Collectivism
This lecture deals with two topics: first, the principles of collectivism, as actually exhibited in, and illustrated by English legislation during the later part of the nineteenth...
Lecture IX. The Debt of Collectivism to Benthamism
The patent opposition between the individualistic liberalism of 1830 and the democratic socialism of 1905 conceals the heavy debt owed by English collectivists...
Lecture X. Counter-Currents and Cross-Currents of Legislative Opinion
We have hitherto traced the connection between the development of English law and different dominant currents of opinion.1 To complete our survey of the relation...
Lecture XI. Judicial Legislation
My purpose in this lecture is, first, the description of the special characteristics of judicial legislation1 as regards its relation to public opinion; and, next...
Lecture XII. Relation between Legislative Opinion and General Public Opinion
Law-making opinion is merely one part of the whole body of ideas and beliefs which prevail at a given time. We therefore naturally expect, first, that alterations in the...
Introduction to the Second Edition
Thirteen years have passed since the nineteenth century came to an end. In England they have been marked by important legislation of a novel character. The aim of this Introduction...
Page Count: 456
Publication Year: 2012
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