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Journal Article

Litigation as a Local Political Resource: Courts in Controversies over Land Use in France, Germany, and the United States

Jefferey M. Sellers
Law & Society Review
Vol. 29, No. 3 (1995), pp. 475-516
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3053975
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053975
Page Count: 42
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Abstract

In western Europe as well as in the United States, litigation often operates as a means of political contestation. This article draws on a study of land use disputes in similar U.S., French, and west German metropolitan areas to analyze cross-national differences in the way local political actors employ courts. More an extension of pluralist policymaking patterns in the United States, political litigation in the European settings occurs as part of starker challenges to corporatist and statist patterns. The contrast between centralized and federal governmental arrangements helps to explain why the political consequences of litigation in the French and the German settings also differ.

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