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Behavioral Public Choice And The Law, Gary M. Lucas Jr., Slaviša Tasić Jan 2015

Behavioral Public Choice And The Law, Gary M. Lucas Jr., Slaviša Tasić

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Behavioral public choice is the study of irrationality among political actors. In this context, irrationality means systematic bias, a deviation from rational expectations, or other departure from economists’ conception of rationality. Behavioral public choice scholars extend the insights of behavioral economics to the political realm and show that irrational behavior is an important source of government failure. This Article makes an original contribution to the legal literature by systematically reviewing the findings of behavioral public choice and explaining their implications for the law and legal institutions. We discuss the various biases and heuristics that lead political actors to support and ...


Shifting Paradigms Of Parochialism: Lessons For International Trade Law, Elizabeth Trujillo Jan 2007

Shifting Paradigms Of Parochialism: Lessons For International Trade Law, Elizabeth Trujillo

Elizabeth Trujillo

Much of the study of international private law has focused on exploring differences in legal systems in light of domestic issues or harmonization. Much less emphasis has been on accepting these various parochial interests as part of a global legal structure. This preliminary study into what drives parochial attitudes can help international trade scholars observe the traditions engendering these differing parochial attitudes and their impact on trade. Through a pluralist lens and in borrowing from studies in the social sciences on parochialism, this paper attempts to bring to light a world of “hybrid legal spaces” that adds complexity to the ...