Judicial Power and the Left: Notes on a Sceptical Tradition

London dock workers' strike 1889

In this collection of short essays, leading political and legal thinkers reflect on the left’s traditional scepticism towards expansive judicial power. The collection encompasses the historical, political, social, and academic lineages of that traditional scepticism and offers important insights into the causes and consequences of its waning. Constitutional issues—including vital questions about the proper role of and limits on the courts—will continue to occupy centre-stage in the years ahead. This collection makes especially vital reading for those on the left keen to make sense of the judicial role in the post-Brexit constitution.

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