Law & Society Review

Law & Society Review is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 3, September

Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza
Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza. By Lisa Hajjar. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. Pp. 312. $24.95 paper.Reviewed by Vanessa Barker, Florida State UniversityAfter 38 years of military occupation,...
Distrust of Government, the Vigilante Tradition, and Support for Capital Punishment
This study probes the interconnections among distrust of government, the historical context, and public support for the death penalty in the United States with survey data for area-identified samples of white and black respondents. Multi-level statistical...
Does School Finance Litigation Cause Taxpayer Revolt? Serrano and Proposition 13
An influential theory argues that court-ordered school finance equalization undermines support for public schools. Residents of wealthy school districts who cannot keep their tax revenues for their own school districts may vote to limit school funding...
Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration
Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration. By Michael Jacobson. New York: New York University Press, 2005. Pp. 292. $29.95 cloth.Reviewed by Candace Kruttschnitt, University of MinnesotaThe mass incarceration movement in this...
Friends of the Court: The Republican Alliance and Selective Activism of the Constitutional Court of Turkey
During the past two decades, scholars have noted a global expansion of judicial power and court-led rights revolutions. Far from leading a rights-revolution, the Constitutional Court of Turkey became renowned for its restrictive take on civil liberties...
From Elections to Democracy: Building Accountable Government in Hungary and Poland
From Elections to Democracy: Building Accountable Government in Hungary and Poland. By Susan Rose-Ackerman. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. 272. $50.00 cloth.Reviewed by Linda M. Beale, University of IllinoisRose-Ackerman's new book tackles...
From the Editor
In this issue, Law & Society Review returns to the practice of publishing traditional book reviews. Book Review Editor Elizabeth Heger Boyle decided to change back to this format in order to provide reviews on a larger number of books being written...
Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law
Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law. By Antony Anghie. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. 378. f 110.00 cloth.Reviewed by Leslye Obiora, University of ArizonaAnghie posits imperial interests as the crucible...
Overcoming Apartheid: Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation?
Overcoming Apartheid: Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation? By James L. Gibson. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2004. Pp. 488. $47.50 cloth.Reviewed by John Hagan, Northwestern University and American Bar Foundation, and Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovic, Florida...
Postapartheid Justice: Can Cosmopolitanism and Nation-Building Be Reconciled?
South African plaintiffs are suing numerous multinational corporations under the American Alien Tort Claims Act for aiding and abetting apartheid's crimes against humanity. This article argues that Re South African Apartheid Litigation should be understood...
Scoring Points: Politicians, Activists, and the Lower Federal Court Appointment Process
Scoring Points: Politicians, Activists, and the Lower Federal Court Appointment Process. By Nancy Scherer. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005. Pp. 272. $65.00 cloth; $24.95 paper.Reviewed by Sally Kenney, University of MinnesotaWhy have appointments...
Speaking of Crime: The Language of Criminal Justice
Speaking of Crime: The Language of Criminal Justice. By Lawrence M. Solan and Peter M. Tiersma. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. Pp. 264. $55.00 cloth; $22.00 paper.Reviewed by Katherine Beckett, University of WashingtonIn Speaking of Crime:...
Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation
Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation. By Jon B. Gould. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. Pp. 241. $48.00 cloth.Reviewed by Ryan D. King, State University of New York at AlbanyIn Speak No Evil, Gould goes beyond politicized and...
The "Compliance" Trap: The Moral Message in Responsive Regulatory Enforcement
Simple deterrence will often fail to produce compliance commitment because it does not directly address business perceptions of the morality of regulated behavior. Responsive regulation, by contrast, seeks to build moral commitment to compliance with...
The Diffusion of Rights: From Law on the Books to Organizational Rights Practices
How does law change society? To gain new leverage on this long-standing question, this article draws on two lines of research that often ignore each other: political science research on the mobilization of law, and sociological research on the diffusion...
The People's Law versus Judge Judy Justice: Two Models of Law in American Reality-Based Courtroom TV
This essay examines the popular American daytime courtroom programs Judge Judy and People's Court and comparatively analyzes two distinct models of law and justice developed in these shows. Using the techniques of qualitative media analysis, I argue...
Urban Lawyers: The New Social Structure of the Bar
Urban Lawyers: The New Social Structure of the Bar. By John P. Heinz, Robert L. Nelson, Rebecca L. Sandefur, and Edward O. Laumann. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. Pp. 376. $50.00 cloth.Reviewed by Annette Nierobisz, Carleton CollegeIn the...
Women's Lives, Men's Laws
Women's Lives, Men's Laws. By Catharine A. MacKinnon. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005. Pp. 576. $39.95 cloth.Reviewed by Justin Reinheimer, University of California, BerkeleyAn important and wide-ranging collection, Women's...