Access to Justice for Disadvantaged Communities by Marjorie Mayo

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Justice is a basic human right in all democratic doctrines, but in Britain, where welfare has faced recent market-based reforms, it’s increasingly a right available only to those who can afford it. Professionals and volunteers are struggling to provide services such as legal counseling and representation to disadvantaged communities. This book explores how strategies to safeguard these vital services can strengthen, rather than undermine, the basic ethics and principles of public service provision. The authors show how such safeguarding might improve the positions of those who administer—as well as those who need—publicly provided legal services. Though focused on Britain, their findings reverberate to the United States and all democracies undergoing similar challenges in the public sphere.

About Marjorie Mayo

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Marjorie Mayo is professor emeritus of community development at Goldsmiths, University of London, where Gerald Koessl is a researcher in sociology and Imogen Slater is a consultant and researcher at the Centre for Urban and Community Research. Matthew Scott is a lecturer in community development and social policy at London Metropolitan University and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Published March 19, 2014 by The Policy Press. 176 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy.

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London School of Economics

Surely, business is not the motivation for seeking a career in human rights law or for anyone working in a Law Centre, which I wondered as I read with scepticism the book’s glossary, with terms including “New Public Management” and “Best Value”.

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