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“The Impossibility of Popular Justice”

Fitzpatrick, Peter
June 4, 2015

Source: (1992) Social & Legal Studies. 1; 199-215

Y ARGUMENT is that in the West popular justice, as it is currently
understood, is impossible. To illustrate the argument I draw on the V1 experience of the Community Boards Program in San Francisco. This
programme represents the most rigorous commitment to popular justice in the
US and is immensely influential (Harrington and Merry, 1988: 918; Shonholtz,
1984: 17; Wahrhaftig, 1982: 88-90). As such, it provides a significant and strong
claim to the possibility of popular justice, a claim against which to set my
argument. (excerpt)


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