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Law and the State

A Political Economy Approach Edited by Alain Marciano, Université de Montpellier 1, France and Jean-Michel Josselin, Professor, University of Rennes 1 and CREM-CNRS, France
Law and the State provides a political economy analysis of the legal functioning of a democratic state, illustrating how it builds on informational and legal constraints. It explains, in an organised and thematic fashion, how competitive information enhances democracy while strategic information endangers it, and discusses how legal constraints stress the dilemma of independence versus discretion for judges as well as the elusive role of administrators and experts.
Extent: 424 pp
Hardback Price: $186.00 Web: $167.40
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84376 800 5
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Law and Economics
  • Law - Academic
  • Law and Economics
Law and the State provides a political economy analysis of the legal functioning of a democratic state, illustrating how it builds on informational and legal constraints. It explains, in an organised and thematic fashion, how competitive information enhances democracy while strategic information endangers it, and discusses how legal constraints stress the dilemma of independence versus discretion for judges as well as the elusive role of administrators and experts.

Throughout the book, empirical evidence and comparative studies illuminate sometimes provocative theoretical views on issues such as: the place of the rule of law in constitutional and banking systems; regulation of copyright, art and heritage; innovations and technologies of communication and information; terrorism and media manipulation. Both private and public law, applied and theoretical issues are covered comprehensively.

Academics and researchers of law and economics and public choice will find much to challenge and inform them within this book.
Contributors: J. Backhaus, C. Barrère, L. Dudley, N. Elkin-Koren, P. Figini, B.S. Frey, S. Harnay, M.J. Holler, J.-M. Josselin, S. Luechinger, A. Marciano, L. Onofri, D. Porrini, G.B. Ramello, E.M. Salzberger, F.H. Stephen, G. van Wangenheim, S. Voigt, M. Wohlgemuth
Contents: Introduction: Making Sense of the State: A Political Economy Approach Part I: How to Shape a Democratic State: The Informational Constraint Part II: How to Control a Democratic State: The Legal Constraint Part III: The State at Work: Regulation and Public Policies under Informational and Legal Constraints Index