Law and Social Norms

ISBN-10: 0674008146
ISBN-13: 9780674008144
Edition: 2000 (Reprint)
Authors: Eric A. Posner
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Description: What is the role of law in a society where order is maintained through social norms, trust and nonlegal sanctions? This text argues that the law is critical to enhancing good social norms and undermining bad ones.

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

What is the role of law in a society where order is maintained through social norms, trust and nonlegal sanctions? This text argues that the law is critical to enhancing good social norms and undermining bad ones.

Introduction: Law and Collective Action
Models of Nonlegal Collective Action
A Model of Cooperation and the Production of Social Norms
Extensions, Objections, and Alternative Theories
Legal Applications
Gifts and Gratuitous Promises
Family Law and Social Norms
Status, Stigma, and the Criminal Law
Voting, Political Participation, and Symbolic Behavior
Racial Discrimination and Nationalism
Contract Law and Commercial Behavior
Normative Implications
Efficiency and Distributive Justice
Incommensurability, Commodification, and Money
Autonomy, Privacy, and Community
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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