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Simple Rules for a Complex World

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$42.50 • £34.95 • €38.50

ISBN 9780674808218

Publication Date: 03/25/1997


378 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Preface
  • Introduction: Too Many Lawyers, Too Much Law
  • I. Cutting through Complexity
    • 1. The Virtues of Simplicity
    • 2. The Enemies of Simplicity
  • II. The Simple Rules
    • 3. Autonomy and Property
    • 4. Contract
    • 5. Torts
    • 6. Necessity, Coordination, and Just Compensation
    • 7. Take and Pay
  • III. The Rules in Action
    • 8. Contracting for Labor
    • 9. Employment Discrimination and Comparable Worth
    • 10. Professional Liability for Financial Loss
    • 11. The Origins of Product Liability Law
    • 12. The Contemporary Product Liability Scene
    • 13. The Internal Life of the Corporation
    • 14. The Corporation and the World
    • 15. Environmental Protection and Private Property
  • Conclusion: The Challenges to Simple Rules
  • Notes
  • Index of Statutes
  • Index of Cases
  • General Index

Awards & Accolades

  • New York Times Notable Book of the Year 1995, Politics & Current Affairs Category
  • Honorable Mention, 1995 Association of American Publishers Professional/Scholarly Publishing Award, Legal Category
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