Law and the Search for Community

Law and the Search for Community

by Joel F. Handler


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Now in its 2010 paperback edition with a new Foreword, this enduring analysis of law and organizations that change the community--the core relationship between citizen and state--takes aim at real problems in the modern system. A recognized socio-legal classic, first published by Penn Press in 1990, studies the problem of law and community targeted at specific problems that still resonate: health care, medical consent, pollution, special education, and care for the elderly and poor.

Handler considers not only theories of justice and process, but also their real applications to people caught in the machinery of government dependency and mystification.

From the Foreword by Professor Frank Munger, this book "grapples with one of the twentieth century's enduring legacies--our continuing reliance upon the welfare state to solve problems of collective existence and increasing recognition of the limits of bureaucratic administration. Nowhere is this more apparent than in programs for the poor, disabled, single parents, young, elderly and others on society's margins, the policy domain in which Joel Handler has had a major voice for much of his career. Handler is at heart a civil rights advocate, and his long exploration of the welfare state's promise, and its failures, grows from concerns about those who are critically dependent upon its entitlements. As citizens of the twenty-first century, sadder but wiser after sub-prime mortgage and hedge-fund crises, more of us are becoming members of this group.... His explorations always include, as in this book, both broad intellectual inquiry and creative syntheses leading toward new ideas and opportunities [and] he always provides us with a reason to continue to believe in humanitarian reform."

Part of the "Classics of Law and Society," a series of the essential canon of broader law study, with bibliography and index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453759059
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

At UCLA School of Law, Professor Joel Handler teaches Law and the Poor and a seminar on comparative welfare. He is a past president of the Law and Society Association and the award-winning author of Down From Bureaucracy: The Ambiguity of Privatization and Empowerment (1996). He has published more than ten other acclaimed books, including Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality (2006); and Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States and Western Europe--The Paradox of Inclusion (2004). He is a graduate of Princeton College and Harvard Law School.

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