The Economic Dynamics of Law
This book offers a dynamic theory of law and economics focused on change over time, aimed at avoiding significant systemic risks (like financial crises and climate disruption) and implemented through a systematic analysis of law's economic incentives and how people actually respond to them. This theory offers a new vision of law as fundamentally a macro-level enterprise establishing normative commitments and a framework for numerous private transactions, rather than as an analogue to a market transaction. It explains how neoclassical law and economics sparked decades of deregulation culminating in the 2008 financial collapse. It then shows how economic dynamic theory helps scholars and policymakers make wise choices about how to avoid future catastrophes while keeping open a robust set of economic opportunities, with individual chapters addressing the law and economics of financial regulation, contract, property, intellectual property, antitrust, national security and climate disruption.
- Electronic book text
- 31 May 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
About David M. Driesen
David M. Driesen is University Professor at Syracuse University, the thirteenth person in the university's history to hold this campus-wide position. He is the author of Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach, 2nd edition (with Robert Adler and Kirsten Engel), winner of the Keith Lynton Caldwell award, and editor of Economic Thought and US Climate Change Policy and Beyond Environmental Law (with Alyson Flournoy). His articles have appeared in the Cornell Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Virginia Journal of International Law and other leading journals. He was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council before entering academe.
Table of contents
1. Introduction; 2. Neoclassical law and economics; 3. The economic collapse of 2008; 4. Economic dynamic theory; 5. Financial regulation; 6. Contract law's inefficiency; 7. Property law: a macroeconomic view; 8. Intellectual property: economic dynamic scholarship and neoclassical law; 9. Size matters: antitrust, empowerment, and systemic risk; 10. On the dangers of ignoring the economic dynamics of national security; 11. Climate disruption: an economic dynamic approach; 12. Conclusion.