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Law and social norms

Author: Eric A Posner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What is the role of law in a society in which order is maintained mostly through social norms, trust, and nonlegal sanctions? 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. But he also argues that the proper regulation of such norms is a delicate and complex task, and that current understanding  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric A Posner
ISBN: 0674001567 9780674001565
OCLC Number: 42953036
Description: 260 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: law and collective action --
A model of cooperation and the production of social norms --
Extensions, objections, and alternative theories --
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 --
Efficiency and distributive justice --
Incommensurability, commodification, and money --
Autonomy, privacy, and community.
Responsibility: Eric A. Posner.
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"What is the role of law in a society in which order is maintained mostly through social norms, trust, and nonlegal sanctions? 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. But he also argues that the proper regulation of such norms is a delicate and complex task, and that current understanding of them 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. The model shows that people's concern with establishing cooperative relationships leads them to engage in certain kinds of imitative behavior. The resulting behavioral patterns are called social norms."--Jacket.

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