Law And Social Norms / Edition 1

Law And Social Norms / Edition 1

by Eric A. Posner
     
 

Eric Posner argues that social norms are sometimes desirable yet sometimes odious, and that the law is critical to enhancing good social norms and undermining bad ones. He goes on to argue that the proper regulation of social norms is a delicate and complex task, and that current understanding of social norms is inadequate for guiding judges and lawmakers. What is… See more details below

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Eric Posner argues that social norms are sometimes desirable yet sometimes odious, and that the law is critical to enhancing good social norms and undermining bad ones. He goes on to argue that the proper regulation of social norms is a delicate and complex task, and that current understanding of social norms is inadequate for guiding judges and lawmakers. What is needed, and what this book offers, is a model of the relationship between law and social norms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674008144
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/08/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
0.61(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Law and Collective Action

I. Models of Nonlegal Collective Action

2. A Model of Cooperation and the Production of Social Norms

3. Extensions, Objections, and Alternative Theories

II. Legal Applications

4. Gifts and Gratuitous Promises

5. Family Law and Social Norms

6. Status, Stigma, and the Criminal Law

7. Voting, Political Participation, and Symbolic Behavior

8. Racial Discrimination and Nationalism

9. Contract Law and Commercial Behavior

III. Normative Implications

10. Efficiency and Distributive Justice

11. Incommensurability, Commodification, and Money

12. Autonomy, Privacy, and Community

Notes

References

Acknowledgments

Index

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