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The Police Power


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Acknowledgments Introduction: "The Power to Govern Men and Things" Part I. From Household Governance to Political Economy 1. Police as Patria Potestas 2. Blackstone's Police 3. Continental Police Science Part II. American Police Power 4. Policing the New Republic 5. Definition by Exclusion 6. Police Power and Commerce Power Part III. Police, Law, Criminal Law 7. The Forgotten Power and the Problem of Legitimation 8. The Law of Police: Internal and External Constraints 9. Lochner's Law and Substantive Due Process Conclusion: Toward a Critical Analysis of Police and Punishment Index

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This timely book is a comprehensive treatise on the constitutional and legal history behind the power of the modern state to police its citizens. Dubber explores the roots of the power to police-the most expansive and least limitable of governmental powers-by focusing on its most obvious and problematic manifestation: criminal law.

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Markus Dirk Dubber is professor of law and director of the Buffalo Criminal Law Center at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is the author of Victims in the War on Crime: The Use and Abuse of Victims'Rights, American Criminal Law (with Mark Kelman) and Criminal Law: Model Penal Code.


An ambitious new work of political science...His historical model is already raising interest amongst theorists of crime and policing in Britain. -- T. Endicott, J. Getzler & E. Peel Properties of Law: Essays in Honor of James W. Harris This book is useful for at least two reasons: 1) It places in historical perspective some aspects of 20th century criminal law that are difficult to understand otherwise; 2) It helps explain the relative inattention to limits on the criminal law. -- Jack E. Call Law and Politics Book Review The volume begins with a fascinating discussion of household governance in old Rome... Dubber places 20th-century criminal law in historical perspective and examines the relationship between police power and patriarchy... Recommended. Choice Dubber covers it all. -- Arthur L. Rizer III Federal Lawyer The Police Power is a deeply penetrating appraisal of the historical expression and significance of the concept of police. -- Christopher Tomlins Buffalo Law Review This is a fascinating book -- provocative and demanding. -- Michael Willrich The American Historical Review

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