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Includes works that focus on the system of rules governing society, such as Antitrust, Civil Rights, Government, etc.
I agree. In fact, I think of law, government, and politics to be closely related (though perhaps law and politics are more related to goverment than to each other) and would be in favor of a single top-level category for the bunch.
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Sorry to sound a bit snippy, but this thread really isn't the place to ask that. Have you tried your local public library?
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I agree that it would be inappropriate to put all books about "government" in the "Law" category, and the description of the law category probably ought to be clarified on this point.
But to a limited extent, there are some books about government that definitely belong in the law section. For instance, a codification of a state's civil service laws, or a treatise on American constitutional law definitely belong in a "Law" section, even though their subject matter is government.
In any case, Law ought to be a separate category from Government & Politics for the same reason that Pets books are separated from other books about animals: when library patrons request books about law, they want to do legal research, and they have no use for books about politics, just like library patrons requesting books about pets want to know about care and feeding, and don't care about general zoology. Anyway, I thought the top-level categories were now set, so isn't this a moot point?
Constitutional and regulatory law are as much law as statutory law is.
I'm not denying that. I'm only saying that if a person were to ask about the subject of constitutional law and civil service law, a plausible (and accurate) answer would be, "government."
Like I said above, that's no reason to move them from the "Law" category to the "Government & Politics" category. But it IS a reason to consider including "government" as a description of SOME of the books classified as "Law."
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There is a broad category called 'Public Law', regulating the legal relations between the individual and the state, which includes
All of these, whether treated doctrinally or historically, are legal and would never fall under 'Government and Politics'. The sole grey area is jurisprudence: works on liberalism, communitarianism, human rights, and the like, would fall under both Law and Government.
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