Beyond Camelot

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Beyond Camelot

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Available in paperback. Princeton University Press, 2005.

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Beyond Camelot: Rethinking Politics and Law for the Modern State.

Government has been transformed by the advent of the administrative state, but the terms and concepts we use to describe it are inherited from pre-modern times. Basic political concepts such as the three branches of government, power, discretion, democracy and legitimacy, and basic legal concepts such as law, legal rights, human rights, and property embody both the political realities and the Arthurian fantasies of the Middle Ages. This book explains precisely how these familiar terms fail to describe the governmental system that we now possess. Bracketing those terms, it proposes new ways to think about modern government. It explains why should replace power with authority, legitimacy with compliance, law with policy and implementation, human rights with moral limits on government, an property with market allocation.