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Deference: The Legal Concept and the Legal Practice

Gary Lawson and Guy I. Seidman


Deference is perhaps the most important concept and practice in law. It lies at the core of every system of precedent, appellate review, federalism, and separation of powers, all of which center on how one actor should deal with previous decisions. Oddly enough, deference is also one of the most underanalyzed and undertheorized legal concepts and practices, perhaps because its applications are so varied. This book’s goal is to provide a definition of and vocabulary for deference that can be used to describe, explain, and/or criticize deference in all of its manifestations in the law, including ... More

Keywords: deference, precedent, appellate review, separation of powers, descriptive account

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190273408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190273408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Lawson, author
Philip S. Beck Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

Guy I. Seidman, author
Professor of Law, Interdisciplinary Centre, Radzyner Law School, Herzliya, Israel

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