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The Republic of Beliefs

A New Approach to Law and Economics

Kaushik Basu



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Princeton University Press
01 March 2021
A leading economist offers a radically new approach to the economic analysis of the law The Republic of Beliefs argues that the traditional economic analysis of the law has significant flaws and has failed to answer certain critical questions satisfactorily. Why are good laws drafted but never implemented? When laws are unenforced, is it a failure of the law or the enforcers? And, considering that laws are simply words on paper, why are they effective? Offering a provocative alternative to how the relationship between economics and real-world law enforcement is commonly understood, Kaushik Basu demonstrates the connections between social norms and the law and shows how well-conceived ideas can change and benefit human behaviour.

The Republic of Beliefs provides a new paradigm that will enable better laws and a fairer society.
By:   Kaushik Basu
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780691210049
ISBN 10:   0691210047
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   01 March 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kaushik Basu is professor of economics and the Carl Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. His books include Beyond the Invisible Hand (Princeton) and Prelude to Political Economy.

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