Synopses & Reviews
Over the long eighteenth century English governance was transformed by large adjustments to the legal instruments and processesof power. This book documentsand analyzes these shifts and focuses upon the changing relations between legal authority and the English people.
About the Author
DAVID LEMMINGSis Professor of History at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He has published several books on legal culture and governance in eighteenth century England andis editor (with Clare Walker) of Moral Panics, the Media and Law in Early Modern England (2009).
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Tables
Note on Works Cited in Endnotes
Introduction: Law, Consent and Command
The Local Experience of Law and Authority: Quarter Sessions, JPs, and the People
Going to Law: the Rise and Fall of Civil Litigation
Crime and the Administration of Criminal Law: Problems, Solutions, and Participation
Parliament, Legislation and the People: the Idea and Experience of Leviathan
Conclusion: Governance, People and Law in the Eighteenth Century