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Too many laws, too many lawyers--that's the necessary consequence of a complex society, or so conventional wisdom has it. Countless pundits insist that any call for legal simplification smacks of nostalgia, sentimentality, or naiveté. But the conventional view, the noted legal scholar Richard Epstein tells us, has it exactly backward. The richer texture of modern society allows for more individual freedom and choice. And it allows us to organize a comprehensive legal order capable of meeting the technological and social challenges of today on the basis of just six core principles. In this book, Epstein demonstrates how.

The first four rules, which regulate human interactions in ordinary social life, concern the autonomy of the individual, property, contract, and tort. Taken together these rules establish and protect consistent entitlements over all resources, both human and natural. These rules are backstopped by two more rules that permit forced exchanges on payment of just compensation when private or public necessity so dictates. Epstein then uses these six building blocks to clarify many intractable problems in the modern legal landscape. His discussion of employment contracts explains the hidden virtues of contracts at will and exposes the crippling weaknesses of laws regarding collective bargaining, unjust dismissal, employer discrimination, and comparable worth. And his analysis shows how laws governing liability for products and professional services, corporate transactions, and environmental protection have generated unnecessary social strife and economic dislocation by violating these basic principles.

Simple Rules for a Complex World offers a sophisticated agenda for comprehensive social reform that undoes much of the mischief of the modern regulatory state. At a time when most Americans have come to distrust and fear government at all levels, Epstein shows how a consistent application of economic and political theory allows us to steer a middle path between too much and too little.

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Simple Rules for a Complex World offers a sophisticated agenda for comprehensive social reform that undoes much of the mischief of the modern regulatory state. At a time when most Americans have come to distrust government at all levels, Richard Epstein shows how a consistent application of economic and political theory allows us to steer a middle path between too much and too little.

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Honorable Mention, 1995 Association of American Publishers Professional/Scholarly Publishing Award, Legal Category

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New York Times Notable Book of the Year 1995, Politics and Current Affairs Category

About the Author

Richard A. Epsteinis the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of <>Law at the University of Chicagoand an Adjunct Scholar of the <>Cato Institute.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Too Many Lawyers, Too Much Law

PART 1: CUTTING THROUGH COMPLEXITY

1. The Virtues of Simplicity

2. The Enemies of Simplicity

PART 2: THE SIMPLE RULES

3. Autonomy and Property

4. Contract

5. Torts

6. Necessity, Coordination, and Just Compensation

7. Take and Pay

PART 3: THE RULES IN ACTION

8. Contracting for Labor

9. Employment Discrimination and Comparable Worth

10. Professional Liability for Financial Loss

11. The Origins of Product Liability Law

12. The Contemporary Product Liability Scene

13. The Internal Life of the Corporation

14. The Corporation and the World

15. Environmental Protection and Private Property

Conclusion: The Challenges to Simple Rules

Notes

Index of Statutes

Index of Cases

General Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674808218
Author:
Epstein, Richard A.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Epstein, Richard
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Legal System
Subject:
Economic aspects
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Legal Profession
Subject:
Adversary system (law)
Subject:
General Law
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Crime-Enforcement and Investigation
Subject:
Law : Remedies & Damages
Subject:
Law-Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
378
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19 oz

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Product details 378 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674808218 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Simple Rules for a Complex World offers a sophisticated agenda for comprehensive social reform that undoes much of the mischief of the modern regulatory state. At a time when most Americans have come to distrust government at all levels, Richard Epstein shows how a consistent application of economic and political theory allows us to steer a middle path between too much and too little.
"Synopsis" by , Honorable Mention, 1995 Association of American Publishers Professional/Scholarly Publishing Award, Legal Category
"Synopsis" by , New York Times Notable Book of the Year 1995, Politics and Current Affairs Category
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