Law and Society in a Populist Age

Balancing Individual Rights and the Common Good

Amitai Etzioni

Law and Society in a Populist Age

Amitai Etzioni

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $34.95 ISBN: 9781529200256 Published October 2018 For sale in North and South America only
The law-based political institutions in many democratic societies are being challenged today by fast-growing populist movements, parties, and leaders. In other nations, the very state is failing. These seismic changes call for greater attention to be paid to the role society plays in forming and challenging laws—and how the law copes with these challenges.

Amitai Etzioni, one of the most respected thinkers in the United States, argues for a new liberal communitarian approach as an effective response to populism. That approach recognizes that different members of the society have differing values, interests, and needs that cannot be fully reconciled to legislation in a populist age.
 
Considering issues of national security versus privacy, private sector responsibility, freedom of the press, campaign finance reform, regulatory law, and the legal status of terrorists, this book offers a timely discussion of key issues for contemporary society and the relationship of the law to the citizen in a fast-changing environment. 
 
Review Quotes
Yuval Feldman, Bar-Ilan University
“Etzioni demonstrates his unprecedented multidisciplinary knowledge by weaving numerous case studies into a rich and vibrant portrait of the role of contemporary law. This wonderful book could not have been written by anyone else.”
Christopher Slobogin, Vanderbilt University
“Ambitiously takes on a wide range of issues, from immigration and Brexit to private data collection and government surveillance, and explains why a liberal communitarian approach can help resolve seemingly unrepairable rifts. Etzioni’s call for respectful dialogue and his sensible compromise positions on hot button topics should trigger long-overdue policy changes.”
Paolo G. Carrozza, University of Notre Dame
“The urgent relevance of Etzioni’s clarion call for a new moral dialogue, that embraces both individual liberties and strong communities, could not be more evident in this age where democracy and law face unprecedented challenges on a global scale.”
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