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Lectures on the Relation between Law and Public Opinion in England

A. V. Dicey

Publication Year: 2012

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.

Published by: Liberty Fund

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

Contents

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pp. 5-12

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Introduction to the Liberty Fund Edition

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pp. xiii-xxii

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...

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Editor’s Note

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pp. xxiii-xxiv

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...

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Preface to the First Edition

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pp. xv-xviii

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...

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Preface to the Second Edition

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pp. xix-xxxii

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...

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Lecute I: The Relation between Law and Public Opinion

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pp. 3-13

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...

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Lecture II. Characteristics of Law-making Opinion in England

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pp. 14-35

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...

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Lecture III. Democracy and Legislation

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pp. 36-44

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...

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Lecture IV. The Three Main Currents of Public Opinion

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pp. 45-49

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...

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Lecture V. The Period of Old Toryism or Legislative Quiescence

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pp. 50-90

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...

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Lecture VI. The Period of Benthamism or Individualism

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pp. 91-149

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...

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Lecture VII. The Growth of Collectivism

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pp. 150-182

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...

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Lecture VIII. Period of Collectivism

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pp. 183-214

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...

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Lecture IX. The Debt of Collectivism to Benthamism

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pp. 215-220

The patent opposition between the individualistic liberalism of 1830 and the democratic socialism of 1905 conceals the heavy debt owed by English collectivists...

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Lecture X. Counter-Currents and Cross-Currents of Legislative Opinion

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pp. 221-256

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...

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Lecture XI. Judicial Legislation

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pp. 257-283

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...

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Lecture XII. Relation between Legislative Opinion and General Public Opinion

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pp. 284-330

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...

Appendix

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pp. 331-358

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Introduction to the Second Edition

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pp. 359-361

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...

Index

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pp. 403-420


E-ISBN-13: 9781614877943
E-ISBN-10: 1614877947
Print-ISBN-13: 9780865977006

Page Count: 456
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: None

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Subject Headings

  • Law -- England -- History.
  • Public opinion -- England -- History -- 19th century.
  • Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
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