The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions by Edward J. LopezThe Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions by Edward J. Lopez

The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions

byEdward J. Lopez, E. López, Edward J López

Paperback | July 21, 2010

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The Pursuit of Justice is a realistic yet hopeful analysis of how the law works in practice rather than in theory. The multi-chapter discussion recognizes that decision makers in the law - judges, lawyers, juries, police, forensic experts and more - respond systematically to the incentive structures with which they are confronted.
EDWARD J. LÓPEZ is a research fellow at the Independent Institute and a professor of law and economics at San Jose State University, USA
Title:The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal InstitutionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.72 inPublished:July 21, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023010245X

ISBN - 13:9780230102453

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Table of Contents

An Introduction to the Pursuit of Justice; E.J.Lopez The Rise of Government Law Enforcement in England; N.Currott Electoral Pressures and the Legal System: Friends or Foes?; R.S.Sobel Romancing Forensics: Legal Failure in Forensic Science Administration; R.G.Koppl Judicial Checks on Corruption; A.Cordis Effects of Judicial Selection on Criminal Sentencing; A.Tomic Economic Development Takings as Government Failure; I.Somin On the Impossibility of 'Just Compensation' When Property is Taken; J.Brätland The Lawyer-Judge Hypothesis; B.H.Barton Class Action Rent Extraction; J.Haymond Cy Pres and its Predators; C.N.W.Keckler Licensing Lawyers: Failure in the Provision of Legal Services; A.B.Summers

Editorial Reviews

"The American legal system is not just fraying at the edges, in some ways it is fundamentally broken. The Pursuit of Justice is a cutting-edge look at what went wrong and where to go from here. Everyone interested in law and economics should read it." - Tyler Cowen, Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics, George Mason University, co-author,"The Pursuit of Justice does a wonderful job of using modern methods of social science to examine the actual effects of law, as differentiated from its apparent intent. People do not simply obey or disobey laws; rather, they react to the incentives implied in the law. Those incentives often produce results that differ from what is legally mandated, because people may have an incentive to find loopholes in the law and because laws often have unintended secondary effects. By taking into account the actual effects of the legal system, this volume offers substantial insight into the way the legal system works in practice, and how it can be improved." - Randall G. Holcombe, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics, Florida State University"Judges, police, prosecutors and lawyers are all people with their own goals and constraints. They may care about social welfare, but they certainly care about other things as well. The discipline of Public Choice has contributed greatly to our understanding of political behavior by taking this perspective with respect to politicians. The Pursuit of Justice begins the very important process of applying this insight to the functioning of the legal system. The American legal system has many flaws, and this most insightful book will contribute both to understanding the source of these flaws and then to fixing them." - Paul H. Rubin, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics and Law, Emory University