The English doctrine of precedent; "ratio decidendi" and "obiter dictum"; "stare decisis"; exceptions to "stare decisis"; precedent as a source of law; precedent and judicial reasoning; precedent and legal theory; the future.
`The best book in its field on the topic.' Mark Lunney, King's College London `This is an excellent book and it is an essential reading for anyone who wants to know the operation of English law.' Say Hak Goo, University of Exeter `This is an excellent book which will remain a primary text for many years to come.' Stephen Shute, Corpus Christi College `An excellent survey of `precedent' in English law.' A.M. McGuire, Leicester Polytechnic