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Chapter 32: Connections with Law and Society Research
32 Connections with law and society research Jürgen G. Backhaus This entry will point to some connections between law and society research, on the one hand, and law and economics work, on the other. In emphasizing general similarities, we are trying to connect different bodies of literature that stem from different disciplinary backgrounds but which, in complementing each other, might be fruitfully combined in interdisciplinary law and economics–law and society projects. ‘The study of legal change can be considered to be at the heart of sociology of law as an enterprise’ (Cotterrell, 1995, p. 351). As a matter of fact, the same holds for a substantial body of literature in law and economics. Although most law and economics work discusses the end point of legal change as the outcome of purposeful interaction (of legislatures, courts, plaintiffs and defendants, and so on), prominent scholars in particular in the ﬁeld of economic history have interpreted the course of economic history in terms of a change of structures (of property rights assignments) in order to capture externalities and thereby more fully facilitate economic growth. A leading proponent of this approach is Douglass North (see North, 1981). Speciﬁcally, since economics is a social science (Frey, 1992) devoted to any circumstance in which alternatives have to be weighed against each other from the point of view of an identiﬁable agent with sufﬁciently clear objectives (Buchanan, 1969), law and economics research is not conﬁned to the sphere of the purely...
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