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Book Review: Law’s Practical Wisdom: The Theory and Practice of Law-Making in New Governance Structures in the EU , edited by Katerina Sideri. (Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007)

Book Review: Law’s Practical Wisdom: The Theory and Practice of Law-Making in New Governance... thinking and thus is different from conventional understandings of rationality and knowledge that understands law, politics and the economy through general principles. Phronesis can be embedded in minds and legal texts. Through this emphasis on phronesis Katerina Sideri's account of participation in EU law-making processes departs from Jürgen Habermas' understanding of communicative rationality. `Law's Practical Wisdom' argues that traditional conceptions of reason in governance often serve to disguise relationships of domination. The potential of compromise ­ a phronetic category of praxis ­ to Book Reviews enhance the deliberative aspects and hence the legitimacy of EU law-making is highlighted. But how does `Law's Practical Wisdom' develop this socio-legal account of EU law-making? The book draws on sociological insights in order to develop an understanding of EU law and law-making. `Law's Practical Wisdom' starts from the idea that law has a dual nature. It is an instance of vertical, hierarchical ordering but can also be more fluid, in particular when it is created and applied by a range of social actors. Hence, `Law's Practical Wisdom' starts from the idea that EU law-making contributes to the construction of social order which is always open to restructuring and reform. The book adopts http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Book Review: Law’s Practical Wisdom: The Theory and Practice of Law-Making in New Governance Structures in the EU , edited by Katerina Sideri. (Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007)

European Public Law , Volume 14 (4) – Dec 1, 2008

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thinking and thus is different from conventional understandings of rationality and knowledge that understands law, politics and the economy through general principles. Phronesis can be embedded in minds and legal texts. Through this emphasis on phronesis Katerina Sideri's account of participation in EU law-making processes departs from Jürgen Habermas' understanding of communicative rationality. `Law's Practical Wisdom' argues that traditional conceptions of reason in governance often serve to disguise relationships of domination. The potential of compromise ­ a phronetic category of praxis ­ to Book Reviews enhance the deliberative aspects and hence the legitimacy of EU law-making is highlighted. But how does `Law's Practical Wisdom' develop this socio-legal account of EU law-making? The book draws on sociological insights in order to develop an understanding of EU law and law-making. `Law's Practical Wisdom' starts from the idea that law has a dual nature. It is an instance of vertical, hierarchical ordering but can also be more fluid, in particular when it is created and applied by a range of social actors. Hence, `Law's Practical Wisdom' starts from the idea that EU law-making contributes to the construction of social order which is always open to restructuring and reform. The book adopts

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European Public LawKluwer Law International

Published: Dec 1, 2008

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