edited by Austin Sarat
contributions by Nina Mendelson, Meredith M. Render, Ruti Teitel, Lindsey Ohlsson Worth, Akhil Reed Amar, William L. Andreen, Jack M. Beermann, Heather Elliott, Joshua Alexander Geltzer, David Gray, Paul Horwitz and Daniel H. Joyner
introduction by Austin Sarat
University of Alabama Press, 2012
Paper: 978-0-8173-5690-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8593-4
Library of Congress Classification K487.P65T73 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 340.115


Transitions: Legal Change, Legal Meanings illustrates the various intersections, crises, and shifts that continually occur within the law, and how these moments of change interact with and comment on contemporary society.

Together the essays in this volume investigate the transformation of US law during moments of political change and explore what we can learn about law by examining its role and its use in times of transition. Whether by an abrupt shift in regime or an orderly progression from one government to the next, political change often calls into question the stability and versatility of the law, making it appear temporarily absent or in suspension.  What challenges to the law arise at these times? To what extent do transitional periods foster ingenuity and resourcefulness, and how might they precipitate crises in legal authority? What do moments of legal change mean for law itself and how legal institutions bring about and respond to times of transition in legal arrangements? Transitions begins the scholarly exploration of these questions that have largely been neglected.
Akhil Reed Amar / William L. Andreen /
Jack M. Beermann / Heather Elliott / Joshua
Alexander Geltzer / David Gray / Paul
Horwitz / Daniel H. Joyner / Nina
Mendelson / Meredith Render / Austin
Sarat / Ruti Teitel / Lindsey Ohlsson Worth