marxism and law

Amanda Tattersall amandatatts at
Tue Feb 27 21:58:46 MST 2001

An interesting debate to consider would be between Marxism and Critical
Legal Studies.  Although many CLS's are (or came from Marxism), its roots
(in the works of writers such as Roberto Unger) deny the historicism and
materialism of Marxism.

A good book on this is:

Allan Hunt   Explorations in Law and Society.  Routledge

Just finished reading bits - quite helpful on the distinctions between CLS
and Marxism.  Especially the statist limitations of CLS and the domination
of legal ideology as a powered force rather than ideology orientated from a
materialist base.  It also shows the failure of CLS to account for a
dialectic relationship between wc and the superstructure - as explained by
Marx in Capital re the factory acts.

Have attached the bibliography of an essay I did on Marxist Jursiprudence
and the law of contract (in Australia and UK).  May be useful for additional


Alexander, L.  (1981)  Contract Law: Volume 2.  Darmouth: Aldershot.

Althusser, L.  (1971)  "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses", in
Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays.  New Left Books: London.

Atiyah, P. S.  (1979)  The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract.  Clarendon
Press: Oxford.

Atiyah, P.  (1977)  An Introduction to The Law of Contract.  Clarendon
Press: Oxford.

Baldock, C. (1978)  Australia and Social Change Theory.  Novak Publishing:
Hunters Hill.

Balbus, I. (1977)  "Commodity Form and Legal Form: an essay on the 'relative
autonomy of the law.'"  11 Law and Society 571.

Belliottis, R.  (1995)  "The Legacy of Marxist Jurisprudence."  In Caudill,
D.  Gold, S.  Contemporary Challenges to Mainstream Legal Theory and
Practice.  Humanities Press: New Jersey.

Bentham, J.  (1970)  "Of Laws in General."  In Freeman, M.  (1994)
Introduction to Jurisprudence.  Sweet and Maxwell: London.

Bottomore, T(ed).  A Dictionary of Marxist Thought.  Blackwell: Oxford.

Bottomore, T.  (1979)  Karl Marx.  Basil Blackwell: Oxford.

Brown, D.  Boehringer, G.  (1977)  Critique of Law: A Marxist Analysis.
UNSW Critique of Law Society: Sydney.

Buckley, K.  Wheelwright, T.  No Paradise for Workers: Capitalism and the
Common People.  Oxford University Press: Melbourne.

Cain, M.  Hunt, A.  (1979)  Marx and Engels on Law.  Academic Press: London.

Campbell, E. W.  (1945)  History of the Australian Labour Movement: A
Marxist Interpretation.  Current Book Distributors: Sydney.

Carter, J.  Harland, D.  (1991)  Contract Law in Australia.  Butterworths:

Caudill, D.  Gold, S.  Contemporary Challenges to Mainstream Legal Theory
and Practice.  Humanities Press: New Jersey.

Cheshire, G.  Fifefoot, C.  (1986)  Law of Contract. 11th Ed Butterworths:

Cohen, G.  (1978)  Karl Marx's Theory of History: A Defence.  Oxford
University Press: Oxford.

Cohen, M.  Nagel, T.  Scanlon, T.  (1980)  Marx, Justice and History.
Princeton University Press: Princeton.

Coote, B.  (1988)  "The Essence of Contract."  1 Journal of Contract Law 91
at 99.

Collins, H.  (1982)  Marxism and Law.  Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Creighton, B. Stewart, A.  (2000)  Labour Law.  The Federation Press:
Annandale at 16.

Edelman, B.  (1979)  Ownership of the Image: Elements for a Marxist Theory
of Law.  Routledge & Kegal Paul: London.

Elias, P.  (1982)  "The Structure of the Employment Contract."  35 Current
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Engels, F. (1880)  Socialism: Utopian and Scientific. Progress Publishers:

Fine, B.  (1984)  Democracy and the Law: Liberal Ideals and Marxist
Critiques.  Pluto Press: London.

Foley, D.  (1986)  Understanding Capital: Marx's Economic Theory.  Harvard
University Press: Cambridge .

Foucault, M.  (1980)  "Two Lectures."  Extracted in Freeman, M.  (1994)
Introduction to Jurisprudence,  Sweet and Maxwell: London.

Freeman, M.  (1994)  Introduction to Jurisprudence.  Sweet and Maxwell:

Guest, S.  (1984)  "Utilitarianism, Economics and the Common Law."  5 Otago
Law Review 686.

Gramsci, A.  (1991)  Selections from Prison Notebooks.  Lawerence and
Wishart: London.

Harman, C.  (1998)  Marxism and History.  Bookmarks: London.

Howard, A.  (1977)  "Australian Trade Unions in the Context of Union
Theory."  19 Journal of Industrial Relations 255.

Hunt, A.  (1985)  "The Ideology of Law: Advances and Problems in Recent
Applications of the Concept of Ideology to the Analysis of Law."  Law and
Society Review 19, 11.

Hunt, A.  (1984)  "Contemporary Critical Legal Theory: A Reply to Eugene
Kamena.  2 Law in Context 133.

Hirst, P.  (1979)  On Law and Ideology.  Macmillan: London.

Hyman, R.  (1975)  Industrial Relations: A Marxist Perspective.  Macmillan
Press: London.

Isaac, J.  McCallum, R.  (1992)  "The Neutral and Public Interests in
Resolving Disputes in Australia." 13 Comparative Labour Law Journal 380.

Jessop, B.  (1982)  The Capitalist State: Marxist Theories and Methods.
Martin Robertson: Oxford.

Kahn-Freund, O.  (1977)  Labour and the Law.  Stevens & Sons: London.

Keat, R. Urry, J.  (1975)  Social Theory as Science.  Routledge and Kegan:

Kennedy, D.  (1976)  "Form and Substance in Private Law Adjudication.  89
Harvard Law Review 1685.

Kessler, F.  (1970)  "Contracts of Adhesion - Some Thoughts about Freedom of
Contract."  Columbia Law Review 628.

Le Blanc, P.  (1996)  From Marx to Gramsci: A Reader in Revolutionary
Marxist Politics.  Humanities Press: New Jersey.

Love, P.  (1984)  Labour and the Money Power.  Melbourne Uni Press:

Lukacs, G.  (1971)  History and Class Consciousness: Studies in Marxist
Dialectics.  MIT Press: Cambridge.

Macken, J. O'Grady, P. Sappideen, C.  (1997)  The Law of Employment.  Law
Book Co: North Ryde.

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Ollman, B.  (1993)  Dialectical Investigations.  Routledge: New York..

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Ragland-Sullivan, E. (1987)  Jacques Lacan and the Philosophy of
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  91 LQR 247.

Stein, P.  (1979)  "Adam Smith's Jurisprudence - between morality and
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Sugarman, D.  (1982)  Legality, Ideology and the State.  Academic Press:

Sumner, C.  (1979)  Reading Ideologies: An Investigation into the Marxist
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