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The Expressive Powers of Law

Theories and Limits

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674975484

Publication Date: 03/20/2017

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336 pages

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

14 diagrams

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McAdams’s account is useful, powerful, and—a rarity in legal theory—concrete… McAdams’s treatment reveals important insights into how rational agents reason and interact both with one another and with the law. The Expressive Powers of Law is a valuable contribution to our understanding of these interactions.Harvard Law Review

McAdams’s analysis widening the perspective of our understanding of why people comply with the law should be welcomed by those interested either in the nature of law, the function of law, or both… McAdams shows how law sometimes works by a power of suggestion. His varied examples are fascinating for their capacity both to demonstrate and to show the limits of law’s expressive power.—Patrick McKinley Brennan, Review of Metaphysics

The question of how law affects human behavior is fundamental but surprisingly complex. This book provides the deepest analysis yet of how law works not by threatening punishment or by claiming legitimacy, but by providing information and creating ‘focal points’ that coordinate behavior.—Michael Chwe, University of California, Los Angeles

This book presents a simple yet powerful theory of the expressive effects of law. It shows how focal points and information offer an intriguing new perspective that cuts across many fields of law.—Henry E. Smith, Harvard Law School

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