Law, Politics and Ideology

Andrew Gilbert
Dermot Feenan

Socio-legal scholars have often contributed to understanding law as ideological, and shaped by the system of political ideas in which it is made. While this understanding informs many SLSA conference streams, this theme invites contributions which explore explicitly the relationships between law, politics and ideology (all broadly defined). Papers in this theme might include such questions as:

  • How can socio-legal studies extend understanding of ideology and politics in relation to law?
  • What political ideas inform law-making (from a contemporary or historical perspective)?
  • How are political ideas used in law-making, and by whom?
  • How and why do particular political ideas fall in and out of fashion among law-makers?
  • How is the relationship between the state (and other sites of political power), law, and the individual and groups conceptualised in particular ideologies?

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair Platform. They must be no longer than 300 words and should include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 18th January 2016.