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NCJ Number: 139974 Find in a Library
Title: Economics of Justice
Author(s): R A Posner
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 415
Sponsoring Agency: Harvard University Press
Cambridge, MA 02138
Publication Number: ISBN 0-674-23526-6
Sale Source: Harvard University Press
79 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this book is to persuade the reader of the power of the economic approach to subjects not typically considered economic: justice and efficiency, the origins of justice, privacy and related interests, and the Supreme Court and discrimination.
Abstract: This book represents a broadening of interests to include aspects of social experience beyond the strictly legal, yet the book evolves from the economic analysis of law. The first section addresses the relationship between the concept of efficiency as wealth maximization that has guided the positive economic analysis of the common law and an acceptable concept of justice. Subsequent chapters deal with the social and legal order of primitive and ancient societies, the development of an economic theory of privacy and related interests, and affirmative action as the cutting edge of legal policy toward discrimination. 883 footnotes
Main Term(s): Economic analysis; Social justice model
Index Term(s): Discrimination; Punishment; Right of privacy; US Supreme Court decisions
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