Making Law

Making Law : The State, the Law and Structural Contradictions

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This book constructs a general theory of lawmaking that focuses on the question of why laws are enacted. Legal scholars, sociologists, political scientists, and anthropologists join in an attempt to develop and refine a structural theory of law. The theory proposed disavows the claims of the ruling class and consensus and pluralist theories, and suggests instead that an adequate theory of lawmaking must begin with an understanding of the structural constraints that exist in the political, economic, and social relations of the time. The contributors are Kitty Calavita, Thomas C. Castellano, William J. Chambliss, Ryken Grattet, Mark S. Hamm. James H. McDonald, Edmund F. McGarrell, Raymond J. Michalowski, Henry N. Pontell, Frederic I. Solop, Ephraim Tabory, J. Allen Whitt, Nancy A. Wonders, and Marjorie S. more

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  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 33mm | 725.76g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253313384
  • 9780253313386

Table of contents

Preface: Marjorie S. Zatz Acknowledgments PART I. Structural Contradictions 1. On Lawmaking William J. Chambliss 2. The Creation of Criminal Law and Crime Control William J. Chambliss 3. The Political Economy of Opium and Heroin William J. Chambliss 4. The Contradictions of Corrections: An Inquiry into Nest Dilemmas Raymond J. Michalowski 5. Anti-Democratic Legislation in the Service of Democracy: Anti-Racism in Isreal Ephraim Tabory PART II. Ideology 6. Structural Contradictions and Ideological Consistency: Changes in the Form and Content of Cuban Criminal Law Marjorie S. Zatz and James H. McDonald 7. Worker Safety, Law, and Social Change: The Italian Case Kitty Calavita 8. Understanding the Emrgence of Law and Public Policy: Toward a Relational Model of the State Nancy A. Wonders and Frederic I. Solop PART III. Conflicts and Dilemmas 9. The Contradictions of Immigration Lawmaking: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 Kitty Calavita 10. Toward a Class-Dialectical Model of Power: An Empirical Assessment of Three Competing Models of Political Power J. Allen Whitt 11. State-Organized Crime William J. Chambliss 12. State-Organized Homicide: A study of Seven CIP Plans to Assassinate Fidel Castro Mark S. Hamm PART IV. Strategies and Triggering Events 13. Social Structure, Crime, and Politics: A Conflict Model of the Criminal Law Formation Process Edmund F. Mcarrell and Thomas C. Catellano 14. Other PeopleOs Money Revisited: Collective Embezzlement in the Savings and Loan and Insurance Industries 15. Structural Contradictions and th production of New Legal Institutions: The Transformation of Industrial Accident Law Revisited Ryken Grattet PART V. Conclusions 16. Future Diretions Marjorie S. Zatz and William J. Chambliss Contributors Indexshow more