In presenting this reference collection designed for the use of researchers in law and economics, Backhaus (public finance and fiscal sociology, Erfurt U., Germany) seeks to avoid duplication with similar works, particularly the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law, which focused on the Chicago tradition. This allows for a greater focus on primarily European aspects of law and economics. The first 32 contributions are presented in sections dealing with the basics of the law and economics approach; private law and economics; public law and economics; labor law and economics; regulation, taxation, and public enterprise; dispute resolution; sources of law; and the economic analysis of legal problems. The volume concludes with 26 scholarly biographies of key figures, with examples including Cesare Beccaria, Franz Böhm, Friedrich von Hayek, Theodor Herzl, Karl Marx, Plato, Thorstein Veblen, and Max Weber. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
Following a comprehensive introduction by the editor, the renowned contributors look in detail at several critical areas including:
• fundamentals of the law and economics approach
• private law and economics
• public law and economics
• labour law and economics
• regulation, taxation and public enterprise
• dispute resolution
• different sources of the law
• economic analysis of a legal problem
• classical authors in law and economics.
Students and scholars interested in a comprehensive and rigorous overview of the field of law and economics will find this volume to be a unique and welcome resource. The Companion will also have a broad appeal amongst industrial economists and historians of economic thought.
Author: Jurgen G. Backhaus
Jürgen Georg Backhaus (born August 5, 1950 in Hanover ) was the owner of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation Professorship for Public Finance and Sociology of Finance at the University of Erfurt . His main research interests range from public finance to the economic analysis of law and contributions to the history of theory.
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