The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 11: Law and Political Sociology1
The early emergence of political sociology reflected an endeavor amongst certain theorists to comprehend the social meaning of the law, the social foundations of legal obligation, and the nature of the social freedoms secured by legitimate law. In key respects, in fact, the corpus of research now recognized as setting the groundwork for the later development of political sociology was formed through a broad, often skeptical response to the legal-political ideas of the later Enlightenment, which assumed objective form in the processes of constitutional revolution in France and America in the period 1776–1795.
The legal-political ideas of the later Enlightenment were based, first, in the ...