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Janet McLean explores how British legal thought has imagined the state and the public sphere since 1832.
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Janet McLean explores how the common law has personified the state and how those personifications affect and reflect the state's relationship to bureaucracy, sovereignty and civil society, the development of public law norms, the expansion and contraction of the public sphere with nationalization and privatization, state responsibility and human rights. Treating legal thought as a variety of political thought, she discusses writers such as Austin, Maitland, Dicey, Laski, Robson, Hart, Griffith, Mitchell and Hayek in the context of both legal doctrine and broader intellectual movements.
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Janet McLean is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, and a public and administrative lawyer.
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