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Published: 05 February 2015

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780199399048

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Winner of the 2017 J. David Greenstone prize for the best book on history and politics

No Day in Court

Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment

Sarah Staszak

  • Provides a new theory of judicial retrenchment as backlash to the growth of the legal state
  • Highlights the ways in which institutional and procedural rules have been used to constrict access to the courts
  • Creates a new framework for understanding the modern phenomenon of the 'vanishing trial'
  • Traces the historical trajectory of groups and organizations, government bodies and actors, and the ideological motivations of those seeking to reform access to justice in the U.S. over the course of the twentieth century

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