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Form and substance in Anglo-American law - a comparative study of legal reasoning, legal theory, and legal institutions
P. S. Atiyah
Clarendon Press
UK Publication Date

This book has a comparatively original theme, or set of themes.
It offers, first, a new way of analysing styles of legal reasoning - between more 'formal' and more 'substantive' styles.
This analysis, which is worked out in some detail, is a major contribution to jurisprudence in its own right.
The book then goes on to demonstrate in detail the differences in legal reasoning - and in the legal systems as a whole - between England and America, suggesting that theEnglish is a much more 'formal' legal system and the American a more 'substantive' one.
Thirdly, the book proceeds to explore in detail a wide range of cultural, institutional, and historical factors relating to the two legal systems, an exploration which is not only of value for comparative studies,but also confirms the argument in the first part of the book as to the relative 'formality' of the two legal systems.

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'packed with information and thoughtful argument, with illustrations from a wide field and drawing upon a wealth of literary sources that reflect the authors' breadth of perspective. Their approach throughout is judicious and balanced, at pains to avoid pejorative implications or being drawn into invidious debate of which system is preferable.'
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'This book makes an important contribution to comparative studies, both for its jurisprudential model and for its perceptive analysis of American and British legal institutions.'
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'the book provides a fresh perspective that should provoke more realistic assessments of the functions of courts and the possibilities of legal reform at home and abroad'
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Law - Great Britain - History.|Law - United States - History.|Law - Methodology.|Law - Philosophy.
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