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    Consolations of the law: jurisprudence and the constitution of deliberative politics

    Fitzpatrick, Peter (2001) Consolations of the law: jurisprudence and the constitution of deliberative politics. Ratio Juris 14 (3), pp. 281-297. ISSN 0952-1917.


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    Initially, deliberative politics offers a failure of self-identity in that the literature dealing with it divides between its determinate elevation in terms of reason, and such, and its dissipation in response to the diversity of interests pressing on it. Next, drawing on the resources of poststructural jurisprudence and by way of locating law at a defining limit of deliberative politics, a similar divide is found in law itself. Then, more productively, law is shown to be constituted with-in that divide and to take characteristic content from it. Finally, the analysis is returned to deliberative politics where the divide found in the literature can now be seen as offering this politics possibilities of effective constitution and distinctive content.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2001. The definitive version is available at
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
    Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2007
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:47


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