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How Law Works$
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Ross Cranston

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199292073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292073.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
How Law Works

Ross Cranston

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an analytical overview of the book. It annotates the chapters within the broader context of their subject matter. The first part of this chapter examines the access to justice. It is argued that access to justice is more than access to the courts. Nor need it necessarily involve lawyers. It then explains how courts can be understood institutionally and how lawyers' behaviour can be located within the working of the law. It turns to law as social engineering: what is law's role in furthering values and social goals, why might it fall short in this task, and what of the sometimes dramatic, if unintended, consequences which law produces? Furthermore, it looks at law working instrumentally to further economic development, in particular in emerging market economies. This discussion is intertwined with the issue of whether the laws of one country can be successfully transplanted elsewhere.

Keywords:   access to justice, courts, lawyers, social engineering, economic development

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