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The Elgar Companion to Law and Economics, Second Edition

The Elgar Companion to Law and Economics, Second Edition

Elgar original reference

Edited by Jürgen G. Backhaus

This thoroughly updated and revised edition of a popular and authoritative reference work introduces the reader to the major concepts and leading contributors in the field of law and economics. The Companion features accessible, informative and provocative entries on all the significant issues, and breaks new ground by bringing together widely dispersed yet theoretically congruent ideas.

Introduction

Edited by Jürgen G. Backhaus

Subjects: economics and finance, law and economics, law - academic, law and economics

Extract

Jürgen G. Backhaus This book, I am told, needs an introduction. I therefore hasten to supply a guide to the reader who may find the volume difficult to read, and who has to be prepared for a journey through the most varied and partly inhospitable terrain, in which the ultimate goal and purpose of every single step can hardly be clear to him at every moment (Steindl, 1952, p. v). The purpose of the Companion is to provide a reference work for the active researcher in law and economics. In so doing, care has been taken to avoid a possible overlap with other works in the field. In particular, the Companion does not intend to duplicate the ambitious New Palgrave, which aims to balance its pointedly formal focus by emphasizing institutional economics (Newman, 1998). The comprehensive set of chapters in the Companion, mainly in the Chicago tradition of law and economics (Posner and Parisi, 1997), allows us to focus on other mainly European aspects of law and economics and the historical sources of law and economics research, which explains its structure (Bouckaert and de Geest, 1999). The Companion has not only been updated and revised for its second edition, but has also been substantially amended. Parts I–VIII cover the main areas of law and economics, including basic issues as well as different sources of the law, while Part IX offers 26 scholarly biographies of the key figures involved. These biographies have been written with a view to...