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The Pursuit of Justice

Law and Economics of Legal Institutions

Authors: López, E.

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The Pursuit of Justice is a realistic yet hopeful analysis of how the law works in practice rather than in theory. The multi-chapter discussion recognizes that decision makers in the law - judges, lawyers, juries, police, forensic experts and more - respond systematically to the incentive structures with which they are confronted.

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EDWARD J. LÓPEZ is a research fellow at the Independent Institute and a professor of law and economics at San Jose State University, USA

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"The American legal system is not just fraying at the edges, in some ways it is fundamentally broken. The Pursuit of Justice is a cutting-edge look at what went wrong and where to go from here. Everyone interested in law and economics should read it." - Tyler Cowen, Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics, George Mason University, co-author, MarginalRevolution.com

"The Pursuit of Justice does a wonderful job of using modern methods of social science to examine the actual effects of law, as differentiated from its apparent intent. People do not simply obey or disobey laws; rather, they react to the incentives implied in the law. Those incentives often produce results that differ from what is legally mandated, because people may have an incentive to find loopholes in the law and because laws often have unintended secondary effects. By taking into account the actual effects of the legal system, this volume offers substantial insight into the way the legal system works in practice, and how it can be improved." - Randall G. Holcombe, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics, Florida State University

"Judges, police, prosecutors and lawyers are all people with their own goals and constraints. They may care about social welfare, but they certainly care about other things as well. The discipline of Public Choice has contributed greatly to our understanding of political behavior by taking this perspective with respect to politicians. The Pursuit of Justice begins the very important process of applying this insight to the functioning of the legal system. The American legal system has many flaws, and this most insightful book will contribute both to understanding the source of these flaws and then to fixing them." - Paul H. Rubin, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics and Law, Emory University


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • An Introduction to The Pursuit of Justice

    López, Edward J.

    Pages 1-17

  • The Rise of Government Law Enforcement in England

    Curott, Nicholas A. (et al.)

    Pages 19-36

  • Electoral Pressures and the Legal System: Friends or Foes?

    Sobel, Russell S. (et al.)

    Pages 37-50

  • Romancing Forensics: Legal Failure in Forensic Science Administration

    Koppl, Roger G.

    Pages 51-70

  • Judicial Checks on Corruption

    Cordis, Adriana S.

    Pages 71-102

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eBook $29.99
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Hardcover $115.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-10245-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Pursuit of Justice
Book Subtitle
Law and Economics of Legal Institutions
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Independent Institute
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10949-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230109490
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10244-6
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-10245-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 304
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