1st Edition

The Legal-Economic Nexus
Fundamental Processes

ISBN 9780415493604
Published June 22, 2009 by Routledge
512 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Providing another key contribution to the immensely popular field of law and economics, this book, written by the doyen of the history of economic thought in the US, explores the dynamic relationship between economics, law and polity.

Combining a selection of old and new essays by Warren J. Samuels that chart a number of key themes, it provides an important commentary on the development of an academic field and demonstrates how policy is structured and manipulated by human social construction. The areas covered include:

  • the role of manufactured belief
  • power
  • the nature and sources of rights
  • the construction of markets by firms and governments and the problem of continuity and change in the form of the question of the selectively defined status quo and its status
  • the absolutist character of government, rights, markets and legal principles and the accepted ideational structure of law.

The Legal-Economic Nexus is an essential read both economists and legal professionals as well as those researching the history of economic thought and the social construction of law.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Rights, Markets and Power: The Legal-Economic Nexus  1. Introduction: Belief and Power  2. The Legal-Economic Nexus  3. The Nature and Sources of Rights  4. Markets and their Social Construction  Part 2: The Problem of Order  5. Joseph J. Spengler's Concept of the 'Problem of Order': A Reconsideration and Extension  6. The Status of the Status Quo: The Buchanan Colloquium  7. The Problem of the Status of the Status Quo: Some Comments  8. Two Views of Government: A Conversation  Part 3: Language, Social Choice and Order  9. Some Problems in the Use of Language in Economics  10. Poletown and Hathcock: An Essay on Some Problems in the Language of the Law  11. An Evolutionary Approach to Law and Economics  12. The Rule of Law and the Capture and Use of Government in a World of Inequality  Part 4: Land and Governance: The Transformation of Order  13. The Duke of Argyll and Edwin L. Godkin as Precursors to Hayek on the Relation of Ignorance to Policy, Parts I-IV  14. The Duke of Argyll and Henry George: Land Ownership and Governance  Part 5: The Subtleties of Policy Making  15. The Pervasitve Proposition, 'What is, is and Ought to Be': A Critique  16. What is, is What?  17. Professional Policy Advocacy or Policy Diffidence?

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