'THE IDEOLOGY OF BUREAUCRACY IN AMERICAN LAW' (ARTICLE)
I first read this when I was an undergraduate and it was like watching the The Wire after watching episodes of Law and Order. The latter was fine, but the former was a sweeping and ambitious piece of work that really made you think. Frug explores the ways in which company law and administrative law has legitimised different models of bureaucracy over time. I don’t really agree with Frug’s general conclusion, but reading this piece completely revolutionised how I thought about the relationship between law and administration. What I particularly love about this piece is how he connects what the law is with normative theory. Its fair to say this piece is what made me decide I wanted to be an academic.
Citation: (1984) 97 Harvard Law Review 1276
WE, THE COURT
This book is based on Maduro’s doctorate thesis and is an account of the development of what is now Article 34 TFEU free movement of goods case law. I first read this book after shortly finishing my own doctorate and starting as a full time academic. What I loved about this work was Maduro’s fidelity to both the legal material and providing an overarching narrative. The end result is a nuanced and thoughtful argument that I can only marvel at. In particular this book simultaneously gives you a framework for understanding the development of this body of law as well making you want to rush out immediately to reread all the cases and think about them more.