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Law, Politics and Ideology

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

Socio-legal scholars have always understood that law is ideological in the sense that law is never value-neutral, but shaped by the system of political ideas in which it is made. While this understanding pervades all SLSA conference streams, this theme invites contributions which explore explicitly the relationships between law, politics and ideology (all broadly defined). This theme has particular salience as 2015 will be a General Election year in the United Kingdom.

Papers in this theme might typically consider such questions as:
• 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, law, and the individual conceptualised in particular ideologies?

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Wednesday: Session 5: Ramphal Room 2.41

Session Title: International edges of law, politics and ideology

Papers: Networked Governance for Implementing Human Rights: A Promising Way Forward; - Chalabi

The Involvement of Former Colonial Powers in their Former Colonies and the use of International Law: the Case of France and Mali; - Kramer

Compassion in Law: the Personal and the Political; - Feenan

Wednesday: Session 6: Ramphal Room 2.41

Session Title: Law under control; law as control

Papers: Law & ‘Counter-law’: Regulating surveillance out of the shadows?; - Moosavian

Social citizenship in the devolutionary state: a clash of law and politics? Some initial findings; - Simpson

The ‘English Question’: Regionalism, Federalism and the Electoral Politics of the UK; - Wilson

Thursday: Session 7: Ramphal Room 1.15

Session Title: The changing landscape of law and reform

Papers: Politics and the Law Commission: Law reform as the policy-making lawyers are allowed to do; - Percival

(Neo)Liberalism and Legal Aid: an analysis of the effect of ideology at institutional level; - Welsh

Governing Through Taxation? A Historical Study of Alcohol Excise Duties and Behavioural Regulation; - Yeomans