Three New Publications by Mikael Rask Madsen – University of Copenhagen

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16 December 2014

Three New Publications by Mikael Rask Madsen

Mikael Rask Madsen has recently contributed to three new books:

In "Law, power, knowledge": on the continuing relevance of law to sociology” he argues for the key importance of law and legal institutions to understanding society. Madsen moreover illustrates the argument by using the case of the transformation of the practice of law, notably by the emergence of ever larger law firms and how it has differentiated the legal field in new ways.

In "The Sociology of International Law: An Introduction", Madsen outlines a general sociological approach to international law. While such an approach is indebted to understandings of law at the national level, taking the sociology of law to the international law requires rethinking a number of foundational ideas about both society and institutions and therefore ultimately law.

In "Espacos de poderes nacionais, espacos de poderes internacionais: Estrategias cosmopolitas e reproducao das hierarquias socias", Madsen together with Dezalay outlines a general approach to understanding the so-called international.  They emphasize the agency of the international and argue for the necessity of relating naitonal fields of power with internaitonal ones in a transnational analysis.

References:
Madsen, MR (2014). "Law, power, knowledge": on the continuing relevance of law to sociology'. In The Elementary Forms of Sociological Knowledge: Essays in Honor of Margareta Bertilsson. Copenhagen, pp. 253-267.

Madsen, M. R. (2014). The Sociology of International Law: An Introduction. In Law, Society and Community: Socio-Legal Essays in Honor of Roger Cotterrell. Ashgate.

Madsen, MR & Dezalay, YMP (2014). 'Espacos de poderes nacionais, espacos de poderes internacionais: Estrategias cosmopolitas e reproducao das hierarquias socias'. In Estrategieas educativas das elites brasileiras na era da globalizacao. Hucitec Editora Fapesp, Sao Paolo, pp. 23-52.