Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1987

Abstract

This sardonic 1987 essay defended Critical Legal Studies (CLS) against alarmist attacks from the right, claiming that CLS was dangerously subversive of the rule of law, and seemingly contradictory attacks from the left dismissing CLS as empty theorizing lacking any practical implications for reform. The essay responded that while CLS lacked proposals for legislative reform, it favored a highly participatory process of reform, drawn from experience in the student movements of the 1960’s. It distrusted state power and bureaucracy as engines of change, and favored community organization, civil society, and popular mobilization.

Publication Title

Georgetown Law Journal

First Page

1

Last Page

36

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