Law and Economics as Interdisciplinary Exchange: Philosophical, Methodological and Historical Perspectives

Peter Cserne* (Editor), Magdalena Małecka (Editor)

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Law and Economics is an established field of research and arguably one of the few examples of a successful interdisciplinary project. This book explores whether, or to what extent, that interdisciplinarity has indeed been a success. It provides insights on the foundations and methods, achievements and challenges of Law and Economics, at a time when both the continuing criticism of academic economics and the growth of empirical legal studies raise questions about the identity and possible further developments of the project.

Through a combination of reflections on long-term trends and detailed case studies, contributors to this volume analyse the institutional and epistemic character of Law and Economics, which develops through an exchange of concepts, models and practices between economics and legal scholarship. Inspired by insights from the philosophy of the social sciences, the book shows how concepts travel between legal scholarship and economics and change meanings when applied elsewhere, how economic theories and models inform, and transform, judicial practice, and it addresses whether the transfers of knowledge between economics and law are symmetrical exchanges between the two disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-02685-0
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-13505-8, 978-0-367-77765-4
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2019
EventLaw and Economics: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions of Interdisciplinarity - University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 9 Nov 201710 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameThe Economics of Legal Relationships

Bibliographical note

Magdalena Małecka's work on this editorial project was supported by Academy of Finland grant no. 308682 and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship for the project EPISTEMEBEHAVIOUR.


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