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1laena
Feb 23, 2009, 11:55am Top

Includes works that focus on the system of rules governing society, such as Antitrust, Civil Rights, Government, etc.

2staffordcastle
Feb 23, 2009, 4:27pm Top

Wouldn't Government go under GOVERNMENT & POLITICS?

3AnnaClaire
Feb 23, 2009, 4:31pm Top

>2 staffordcastle:
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.

4mkapoor
Feb 23, 2009, 9:29pm Top

I need a copy of Basic Legal reseach by Amy Sloan Can anyone spare it for a week email me at shivaparvati_3@hotmail.com Does some have it on e- library

5AnnaClaire
Feb 24, 2009, 11:59am Top

>4 mkapoor:
Sorry to sound a bit snippy, but this thread really isn't the place to ask that. Have you tried your local public library?

6polutropon
Feb 24, 2009, 12:27pm Top

>2 staffordcastle: & 3

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?

7jjwilson61
Feb 24, 2009, 12:47pm Top

Constitutional and regulatory law are as much law as statutory law is.

8polutropon
Edited: Feb 24, 2009, 3:16pm Top

>7 jjwilson61:

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."

*edited for style

9messpots
Mar 11, 2009, 11:23am Top

There is a broad category called 'Public Law', regulating the legal relations between the individual and the state, which includes

-Constitutional law
-Administrative law
-Criminal law

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.

10conners
Mar 20, 2009, 10:45am Top

Please check out this thread (http://www.librarything.com/topic/60594) for a link to the new OSC blog and a call for specific volunteer involvement. Thanks!

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