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Law's Limits

Law's Limits
Rule of Law and the Supply and Demand of Rights

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  • Date Published: December 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521000864

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  • Focusing on U.S. property rights law and the notions of private property and the Rule of Law, this book paints an unconventional picture of law and rights in general. Law and rights shift and cycle as systematic factors like increasing numbers and complexity produce tough institutional choices and unexpected combinations of goals and institutions, such as private property best protected by the unconstrained political process and communitarian values best achieved through exit and atomistic markets. These forces also frustrate attempts to export the U.S. image of rights. Although there may be an important role for law, rights and courts both in the U.S. and abroad, it can not be easily defined. This book proposes a way to define that role and to change the way we look at law.

    • Author internationally known for his views on law and property rights
    •  Analysis provides a framework for understanding all types of law in all places, using innovative models of both the political process and court procedures
    •  Proposes sweeping reform in economic analysis of law, legal education, and legal analysis generally
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    "Using the context of supply and demand, Komesar affers an analysis of rights in general and property rights in particular in the demand for and supply of the limited resources of law and the courts....For readers interested in a more provocative approach to understanding the nexus between law and society, this book will prove illuminating. Graduate level and above." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521000864
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.307kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Basic Framework:
    1. Supply and demand
    2. The spectrum of rights
    3. The supply side - the little engine of law and rights
    Part II. Land Use and Rights:
    4. Zoning and its discontents - political malfunction and the demand for rights
    5. Just compensation - the problems of pricing
    6. High stakes players and hidden markets
    Part III. Law's Laws:
    7. Theories of property: from Coase to communitarianism
    8. Numbers, complexity and the rule of law
    9. Changes

  • Author

    Neil K. Komesar, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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