The sociology of law in the Netherlands and Flanders covers the study of law from a sociological, anthropological, or psychological perspective. This entry omits most empirically tinted work by lawyers; criminology, which has a rich tradition in the Netherlands; public administration; and law and economics. The latter two are late bloomers in the Netherlands, but now are well established. The author relies substantially on the work of Robert Schwitters and A. K. J. M. Strijbosch, and includes not only the Netherlands, but also the Flemish part of Belgium, that together compose for many purposes one intellectual community.


As in Great Britain and the United States, the roots of modern social-scientific interest in law lie in legal scholarship. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a ...

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