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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 1, March

Chivalry and the Moderating Effect of Ambivalent Sexism: Individual Differences in Crime Seriousness Judgments
Previous studies have shown that female offenders frequently receive more lenient judgments than equivalent males. Chivalry theories argue that such leniency is the result of paternalistic, benevolent attitudes toward women, in particular toward those...
Credible Commitments and the Early American Supreme Court
Conventional wisdom holds that the role of the U.S. federal judiciary was underspecified and undefined until the era of Chief Justice John Marshall. In contrast, I argue that prior to the Marshall era, the Supreme Court had the specific institutional...
From the Editor
With Volume 42, Issue 1, I begin my editorship of Law & Society Review. It is an honor to serve the Law & Society Association and our field in this position. I hope that I live up to the confidence that others have placed in me. I begin with...
Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? What We've Learned from the Evidence
Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? What We've Learned from the Evidence. By William N. Eskridge Jr. and Darren R. Spedale. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. Pp. ix+336. $29.95 cloth; $19.95 paper.In May 1989, the Danish Parliament enacted...
Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear
Governing through Cnme: How the War on Cnme Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear. By Jonathan Simon. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. 330. $29.95 cloth.In Governing through Cnme, Simon explores the state's exploitation...
Malawi: Justice Sector and the Rule of Law
Malawi: Justice Sector and the Rule of Law. By Fedelis Kanyongolo. Johannesburg: Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 2006. Pp. 172. Available free of charge from the publisher.As Malawi celebrates its thirteenth anniversary since the adoption...
Memorializing Miscarriages of Justice: Clemency Petitions in the Killing State
Clemency in capital cases today has become quite rare. Capital clemency has been a victim of the rejection of rehabilitation as the guiding philosophy of criminal sentencing and of the increasing politicization of issues of crime and punishment since...
Police and Community in Chicago: A Tale of Three Cities
Police and Community in Chicago: A Tale of Three Cities. By Wesley G. Skogan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Pp. 360. $35.00 cloth.Few efforts at police reform can ever have been evaluated as intensively, over as many years, as community policing...
Public Experiences of Police Violence and Corruption in Contemporary Russia: A Case of Predatory Policing?
"Predatory policing" occurs where police officers mainly use their authority to advance their own material interests rather than to fight crime or protect the interests of elites. These practices have the potential to seriously compromise the public's...
The Agencies of Abuse: Intimate Abusers' Experience of Presumptive Arrest and Prosecution
Presumptive arrest and prosecution policies are designed to eradicate domestic violence by disrupting abusive relationships and transforming the subjectivities of victimized women and abusive men. Using in-depth interviews with 30 persons arrested and...
The European Court and Civil Society: Litigation, Mobilization and Governance
The European Court and Civil Society: Litigation, Mobilization and Governance. By Rachel Cichowski. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xv+294. $85.00 cloth; $32.99 paper; $26.00 e-book.An exemplary addition to a growing...
The Good Case: Decisions to Litigate at the World Trade Organization
This article draws upon the law-in-action, repeat players, and motive to understand how legal actors construct the "good case" in dispute settlement systems. The construction of "good cases" is examined at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a relatively...
Transnational Law and Local Struggles: Mining Communities and the World Bank
Transnational Law and Local Struggles: Mining Communities and the World Bank. By David Szablowski. Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing, 2007. Pp. 352. $70.00 cloth; $40.00 paper.Theoretically and empirically, this book offers a provocative and rich...