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Lectures on the Relation between Law and Public Opinion in England
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This volume brings together a series of lectures A. V. Dicey first gave at Harvard Law School on the influence of public opinion in England during the nineteenth century and its impact on legislation. It is an accessible attempt by an Edwardian liberal to make sense of recent British history. In our time, it helps define what it means to be an individualist or liberal. Dicey's lectures were a reflection of the anxieties felt by turn-of-the-century Benthamite Liberals in the face of Socialist and New Liberal challenges. A. V. Dicey (1835–1922) was an English jurist, Vinerian Professor of English Law at Oxford University, and author of, among other works, The Law of the Constitution. Richard VandeWetering is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-12
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  1. Introduction to the Liberty Fund Edition
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Editor’s Note
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Preface to the Second Edition
  2. pp. xix-xxxii
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  1. Lecute I: The Relation between Law and Public Opinion
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. Lecture II. Characteristics of Law-making Opinion in England
  2. pp. 14-35
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  1. Lecture III. Democracy and Legislation
  2. pp. 36-44
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  1. Lecture IV. The Three Main Currents of Public Opinion
  2. pp. 45-49
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  1. Lecture V. The Period of Old Toryism or Legislative Quiescence
  2. pp. 50-90
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  1. Lecture VI. The Period of Benthamism or Individualism
  2. pp. 91-149
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  1. Lecture VII. The Growth of Collectivism
  2. pp. 150-182
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  1. Lecture VIII. Period of Collectivism
  2. pp. 183-214
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  1. Lecture IX. The Debt of Collectivism to Benthamism
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. Lecture X. Counter-Currents and Cross-Currents of Legislative Opinion
  2. pp. 221-256
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  1. Lecture XI. Judicial Legislation
  2. pp. 257-283
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  1. Lecture XII. Relation between Legislative Opinion and General Public Opinion
  2. pp. 284-330
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 331-358
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  1. Introduction to the Second Edition
  2. pp. 359-361
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 403-420
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