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Review of Mackie and Burton, Outline of Succession

McLeod, N. (2001) Review of Mackie and Burton, Outline of Succession. eLaw Journal: Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, 8 (1).

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This is a book of some 274 pages of text plus 45 pages of introductory matter and indices. According to the preface, the authors intended to provide "a concise, yet hopefully reasonably comprehensive, coverage of the law of succession in Australia". Academics are often, and with justification, annoyed at the existence of slight books which seek to boil university subjects down into pre-digested dollops suitable for instant ingestion just prior to an examination. On the other hand, there is much value in a well constructed overview of an academic subject, which enables students to grasp the subject's framework before becoming immersed in its details. To be of value, that framework should be derived from, and thus facilitate, an intimate knowledge of the subject matter. The framework should act as a guide to more detailed study, point the way to the interesting complexities in the subject matter, and demonstrate an expert facility in making precise and succinct statements which accurately capture the nuances of the area surveyed. Mackie and Burton's Outline of Succession intends to provide such a framework, and it succeeds on many of the criteria just enumerated.

Item Type: Others
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: School of Law, Murdoch University
Copyright: School of Law, Murdoch University
Notes: Mackie and Burton, Outline of Succession, Second edition (Sydney: Butterworths, 2000)
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