Conundrums, puzzles, and perversities: these are Leo Katzas stock-in-trade, and in Why the Law Is So Perverse, he focuses on four fundamental features of our legal system, all of which seem to not make sense on some level and to demand explanation. First, legal decisions are essentially made in an either/or fashionaguilty or not guilty, liable or not liable, either itas a contract or itas notabut reality is rarely as clear-cut. Why arenat there any in-between verdicts? Second, the law is full of loopholes. No one seems to like them, but somehow they cannot be made to disappear. Why? Third, legal systems are loath to punish certain kinds of highly immoral conduct while prosecuting other far less pernicious behaviors. What makes a villainy a felony? Finally, why does the law often prohibit what are sometimes called win-win transactions, such as organ sales or surrogacy contracts? Katz asserts that these perversions arise out of a cluster of logical difficulties related to multicriterial decision making. The discovery of these difficulties dates back to Condorcetas eighteenth-century exploration of voting rules, which marked the beginning of what we know today as social choice theory. Condorcetas voting cycles, Arrowas Theorem, Senas Libertarian Paradoxaevery seeming perversity of the law turns out to be the counterpart of one of the many voting paradoxes that lie at the heart of social choice. Katzas lucid explanations and apt examples show why they resist any easy resolutions. The New York Times Book Review called Katzas first book aa fascinating romp through the philosophical side of the law.a Why the Law Is So Perverse is sure to provide its readers a similar experience.Katz asserts that these perversions arise out of a cluster of logical difficulties related to multicriterial decision making.
|Title||:||Why the Law Is So Perverse|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 2011-09-01|