Towards an Economic Sociology of Law, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118508254
  • ISBN-13: 9781118508251
  • DDC: 340.115
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 50 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Reflecting a developing trend towards interdisciplinary research in economics and law, this agenda-setting volume makes the case for the economic sociology of law - an emerging field that deploys the empirical methodology of sociologists to investigate the relationships between law and the economy. It locates this novel subject in a wider socio-legal tradition and identifies common ground between Polanyian and Weberian approaches to the law, economy, and society, despite the two theorists divergent views on the functionality of the capitalist model. The volume provides a platform for researchers critical responses to the social embeddedness of market societies. Contributors demonstrate the value of applying a combination of methods in their work, from heterogeneous disciplines such as legal history and ethnography. They consider the position in the western and developed nations, as well as in post-colonial polities characterized all too often by systemic mismatches between their inherited legal systems and the pressures of tackling endemic poverty and sustainable development. The resulting publication is a well-crafted primer on a specialism that, by combining the insights of socio-economic analysis with the formative influences exerted by their specific legal contexts, informs a more nuanced assessment of law, economics and society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Moving Towards an Economic Sociology of Law.
2: From Credit to Crisis: Max Weber, Karl Polanyi, and the Other Side of the Coin.
3: Relational Work and the Law: Recapturing the Legal Realist Critique of Market Fundamentalism.
4: Rethinking ‘Embeddedness’: Law, Economy, Community.
5: Anemos-ity, Apatheia, Enthousiasmos: An Economic Sociology of Law and Wind Farm Development in Cyprus.
6: Maine (and Weber) against the Grain: Towards a Postcolonial Genealogy of the Corporate Person.
7: Do Feminists Need an Economic Sociology of Law?.
8: Law, Social Policy, and the Constitution of Markets and Profit Making.
9: The Legal Construction of Economic Rationalities?.