Public Law

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This chapter explores the significance of empirical legal research for the study of public law in the UK. It argues that empirical research has long been a feature of UK public law scholarship. The aim of the chapter is two-fold: first, it documents some of the existing contributions of empirical legal research to the mainstream study of public law. Second, it explores additional examples of empirical legal research which have, to an extent, been overlooked thus far within the public law canon. The objective here is to build on the existing use of empirical public law research and show how the additional examples might shape the study of public law further. Once we acknowledge the fact that empirical work is a core feature of orthodox public law scholarship, we should follow the mandate to approach public law empirically to the full
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrating Socio-Legal Studies into the Law Curriculum
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)9780230304482
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2012


  • Public Law, socio-legal studies, empirical legal research

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