Law, Politics and Ideology

Socio-legal scholars have often contributed to an understanding of law as ideological, and shaped by the system of political ideas in which it is made. While this understanding informs many SLSA conference streams, this stream invites contributions which explore explicitly the relationships between law, politics and ideology (all broadly defined, and to include legal systems).

Papers in this stream might engage with such questions as:

  • How can socio-legal studies extend understanding of ideology and politics in relation to law?

  • What political ideas inform law-making (from a contemporary or historical perspective)?

  • How are political ideas used in law-making, and by whom?

  • How and why do particular political ideas fall in and out of fashion among law-makers?

  • How is the relationship between the state (and other sites of political power), law, and the individual and groups conceptualised in particular ideologies, including, but not limited to socialism, conservatism, and neoliberalism?


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