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The illusion of free markets : punishment and the myth of natural order

Author: Bernard E Harcourt
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2012. ©2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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It is widely believed that the free market is the best mechanism ever invented to efficiently allocate resources in society. This book argues that our faith in 'free markets' has severely distorted  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard E Harcourt
ISBN: 9780674066168 0674066162 9780674059368 0674059360 9780674057265 0674057260
OCLC Number: 806492012
Description: 328 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The Paris Marais and the Chicago Board of Trade --
Beccaria on crime and punishment --
Policing the public economy --
The birth of natural order --
The rise of legal despotism --
Bentham's strange alchemy --
The Chicago School --
The myth of discipline --
The illusion of freedom --
The penitentiary system and mass incarceration --
Private prisons, drugs, and the welfare state --
A prolegomenon.
Responsibility: Bernard E. Harcourt.

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Not only is the "free" market of laissez-faire doctrine not free, it underpins the extravagant unfreedom of our metastasized penal system, argues this provocative intellectual history...The author Read more...

 
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