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The Economics of Justice

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674235267

Publication Date: 08/16/1983

Academic Trade

432 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches


Related Subjects

    • 1. An Introduction to the Economics of Nonmarket Behavior
      • The Plan of the Book
  • I. Justice and Efficiency
    • 2. Blackstone and Bentham
      • Blackstone’s Commentaries
      • Bentham’s Antipathy to Blackstone
      • Blackstone and Bentham Compared
    • 3. Utilitarianism, Economics, and Social Theory
      • Some Problems of Utilitarianism
      • Wealth Maximization as an Ethical Concept
    • 4. The Ethical and Political Basis of Wealth Maximization
      • The Consensual Basis of Efficiency
      • Implications for the Positive Economic Analysis of Law
      • Dworkin’s Critique of Wealth Maximization
  • II. The Origins of Justice
    • 5. The Homeric Version of the Minimal State
      • A Taxonomy of Limited Government
      • Government and Political Values in Homer
      • The Homeric Social Order
      • Homeric Individualism
      • Some Modern Parallels
      • The Theory of the State
    • 6. A Theory of Primitive Society
      • The Costs of Information
      • A Model of Primitive Society
      • Other Primitive Adaptations to High Information Costs
    • 7. The Economic Theory of Primitive Law
      • The Legal Process
      • Property
      • Contracts
      • Family Law
      • The System of Strict Liability in Tort
      • Criminal Law
    • 8. Retribution and Related Concepts of Punishment
      • From Revenge to Retribution, and Beyond
      • Pollution: Retribution against Neighbors and Descendants
      • Guilt versus Responsibility
  • III. Privacy and Related Interests
    • 9. Privacy as Secrecy
      • The Economics of Private Information and Communications
      • The Tort Law of Privacy
    • 10. A Broader View of Privacy
      • The Etymology of Privacy: Seclusion and Autonomy
      • Evidence for the Economic Theory of Privacy
      • The Common Law and the Economic Theory of Privacy
      • Defamation and Disparagement
      • The Statutory Privacy Movement
    • 11. The Privacy Jurisprudence of the Supreme Court
      • Privacy Cases before Griswold
      • The Griswold Decision
      • Privacy in the Supreme Court since Griswold
      • Conclusion
  • IV. The Supreme Court and Discrimination
    • 12. The Law and Economics of Discrimination
    • 13. The DeFunis Case and Reverse Discrimination
      • The Reasonableness of Reverse Discrimination
      • The Constitutional Issue
    • 14. Bakke, Weber, and Beyond
      • Bakke
      • Weber
  • Index

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