Down-to-Earth Justice

Pitfalls on the Road to Legal Decentralization
  • Robert L. Kidder
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


“Less is more.” This slogan, reminiscent of Earth Days and the ecology movement, contains the essence of two popular positions that support the simplification of law in the United States. One position is that decreasing resources and environmental crisis mandate simplification. If we can no longer count on an ever-expanding supply of those resources that made advanced industrial society possible, then our complex institutions will become increasingly inappropriate. Terms like appropriate technology and intermediate technology describe proposed adjustments at the economic level (Schumacher, 1975). By implication, all of our institutions, including law, require adjustment to a shrinking scale of operations.


Crime Prevention Dispute Settlement Legal Institution Urban Neighborhood Residential Stability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Kidder
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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