Law and Social Economics

Law and Social Economics : Essays in Ethical Values for Theory, Practice, and Policy

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This edited volume is the first collection of essays exploring the intersection of social economics and the law, providing alternatives to neoclassical law-and-economics and applying them to real-world issues. Law is a social enterprise concerned with values such as justice, dignity, and equality, as well as efficiency - which is the same way that social economists conceive of the economy itself. Social economists and legal scholars alike need to acknowledge the interrelationship between the economy and the law in a broader ethical context than enabled by mainstream law-and-economics.

The ten chapters in Law and Social Economics, written by an international assortment of scholars from economics, philosophy, and law, employ a wide variety of approaches and methods to show how a more ethically nuanced approach to economics and the law can illuminate both fields and open up new avenues for studying social-economic behavior, policy, and outcomes in all their ethical and legal complexity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 217 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 14.22mm | 3,943g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2015 ed.
  • 2 Illustrations, black and white; XII, 217 p. 2 illus.
  • 1137444304
  • 9781137444301

Table of contents

PART I: FOUNDATIONS 1. Towards a Contractarian Theory of Law; Claire Finkelstein 2. Environmental Ethics, Economics, and Property Law; Steven McMullen and Daniel Molling 3. Individual Rights, Economic Transactions and Recognition: A Legal Approach to Social Economics; Stefano Solari 4. Institutionalist Method and Forensic Proof; Robert M. LaJeunesse 5. Retributivist Justice and Dignity: Finding a Role for Economics in Criminal Justice; Mark D. White PART II: APPLICATIONS 6. Female Genital Mutilation and the Law: A Qualitative Case Study; Regina Gemignani and Quentin Wodon 7. An Unexamined Oxymoron: Trust but Verify; David George 8. On the Question of Court Activism and Economic Interests in 19th Century Married Women's Property Law; Daniel MacDonald 9. Divergent Outcomes of Land Rights Claims of Indigenous Peoples in the United States; Wayne Edwards 10. Punitive (and) Pain-and-Suffering Damages in Brazil; Osny da Silva Filho
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About M. White

Wayne Edwards, University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA

Claire Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Regina Gemignani, The World Bank

David George, La Salle University, USA

Robert LaJeunesse, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Daniel MacDonald, California State University, San Bernardino, USA

Steven McMullen, Hope College, USA

Daniel Molling, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, USA

Osny da Silva Filho, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil

Stefano Solari, University of Padua, Italy

Quentin Wodon, The World Bank
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