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Law as a Public Good: The Economics of Anarchy

  • Tyler Cowen (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 December 2008

Various writers in the Western liberal and libertarian tradition have challenged the argument that enforcement of law and protection of property rights are public goods that must be provided by governments. Many of these writers argue explicitly for the provision of law enforcement services through private market relations.

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