The Legal-Economic Nexus: Fundamental Processes

1st Edition

Warren J. Samuels

Published June 16, 2009
Reference - 494 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415493604 - CAT# Y100874
Series: The Economics of Legal Relationships

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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.


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