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English Lawyers between Market and StateThe Politics of Professionalism$
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Richard L Abel

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198260349

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260349.001.0001

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Party Politics

Party Politics

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(p.1) 1 Party Politics
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English Lawyers between Market and State
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RICHARD L. ABEL

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260349.003.0001

This chapter mines the political history of the last quarter of a century for insights into the parties' motivations. But though the confrontations preoccupied lawyers, they did not even register on anyone else's political radar screen. Histories, biographies, and autobiographies of the period (with the exception of Nigel Lawson's) never mention them. Promises and practices affecting the economy, health care, education, and crime may influence elections; legal services are electorally insignificant. This chapter, therefore, speculates on the implications of party platforms and policies for the positions governments took concerning lawyers. With this brief history of motivations, electoral strategies, and policies, this chapter turns to the way that parties, lawyers, clients, and the media played the politics of professionalism in the 1990s.

Keywords:   lawyers, health care, education, legal services, party platforms

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