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Creating and Enforcing Norms, with Special Reference to Sanctions
International Review of Law and Economics (1999)
  • Eric Bennett Rasmusen
  • Richard A. Posner
Abstract
Two central puzzles about social norms are how they are enforced and how they are created or modified. The sanctions for violation of a norm can be categorized as automatic, guilt, shame, informational, bilateral- costly, and multilateral-costly. Problems in creating and enforcing norms are related to which sanctions are employed. We use our analysis of enforcement and creation of norms to analyze the scope of feasible government action either to promote desirable norms or to repress undesirable ones.
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Publication Date
September, 1999
Citation Information
Eric Bennett Rasmusen and Richard A. Posner. "Creating and Enforcing Norms, with Special Reference to Sanctions" International Review of Law and Economics Vol. 19 Iss. 3 (1999)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rasmusen/36/