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Law and Social Economics

Essays in Ethical Values for Theory, Practice, and Policy

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  • © 2015


Part of the book series: Perspectives from Social Economics (PSE)

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This edited volume is the first collection of essays exploring the intersection of social economics and the law, providing alternatives to neoclassical law-and-economics and applying them to real-world issues. Law is a social enterprise concerned with values such as justice, dignity, and equality, as well as efficiency - which is the same way that social economists conceive of the economy itself. Social economists and legal scholars alike need to acknowledge the interrelationship between the economy and the law in a broader ethical context than enabled by mainstream law-and-economics. The ten chapters in Law and Social Economics, written by an international assortment of scholars from economics, philosophy, and law, employ a wide variety of approaches and methods to show how a more ethically nuanced approach to economics and the law can illuminate both fields and open up new avenues for studying social-economic behavior, policy, and outcomes in all their ethical and legal complexity.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Philosophy, College of Staten Island/CUNY, USA

    Mark D. White

About the editor

Wayne Edwards, University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA Claire Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania, USA Regina Gemignani, The World Bank David George, La Salle University, USA Robert LaJeunesse, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Daniel MacDonald, California State University, San Bernardino, USA Steven McMullen, Hope College, USA Daniel Molling, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, USA Osny da Silva Filho, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil Stefano Solari, University of Padua, Italy Quentin Wodon, The World Bank

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