David Nelken is Distinguished Professor of Legal Institutions and Social Change at the University of Macerata in Italy, and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Cardiff University, UK. He is also the Visiting Professor of Criminology at Oxford University’s Centre of Criminology. He has published more than twenty books and numerous papers in the areas of legal and social theory, criminology and sociology of law.
This pathbreaking study in the sociology of law has won multiple awards for its insight, clarity, and broad import in examining the UK Rent Acts and landlord behavior over a period of time in the '60s and '70s. Not just a revelation of the unintended consequence of well-meant reforms; though it shows the side-effects of a law to protect tenants, it also explores the bigger picture of law's limits.