Lawyers, Lawsuits, and Legal Rights: The Battle over Litigation in American Society


"Burke drills deep into America's unique culture of litigation and is rewarded with a powerful insight: it is not the public or even lawyers that are so darn litigious, but American law itself. This meticulous, dispassionate book stands not only to advance the debate but--I hope--to reshape it."--Jonathan Rauch, author of "Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working

""Lawyers, Lawsuits, and Legal Rights is a fascinating study of the American penchant for public policies that rely on lawsuits to get things done. Burke's analysis is insightful and original. This book compellingly shows that litigious policies have deep roots in our Constitution, culture, and politics."--Charles Epp, author of "The Rights Revolution: Lawyers, Activists, and Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspective

"Burke's authoritative book demonstrates that the highly litigious American system is not an isolated anomaly but in fact fits in with deeply-rooted elements of American political culture. Where citizens of other countries,rely on expert or bureaucratic judgment to resolve disputes, Americans turn to the courts. Equally novel and compelling, "Lawyers, Lawsuits, and Legal Rights marshals an impressive set of evidence and delivers a refreshingly well-written look at the state of American litigation."--Frank R. Baumgartner, co-author of "Agendas and Instability in American Politics

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2002


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