- Libertarian theories of law
Libertarian theories of law build upon classical liberal and individualist anarchist doctrines.
The defining characteristics of libertarian legal theory are its insistence that the amount of government intervention should be kept to a minimum and the primary functions of law should be enforcement of contracts and social order, though "social order" is often seen as a desirable side effect of a free market rather than a philosophical necessity. Historically, the Austrian economist
Friedrich Hayekis the most important libertarian legal theorist. Another important predecessor was Lysander Spooner, a 19th century American individualist anarchistand lawyer. John Lockewas also an influence on libertarian law theory (see " Two Treatises of Government)". Ideas range from anarchocapitalismto a minimal state providing mere enforcement of contracts. Some advocate regulation, including the existence of a police force, military, public land, and public infrastructure. Geolibertarians oppose ownership of land on Georgist grounds.
Authors discussing libertarian legal theory include:
Randy Barnett(" The Structure of Liberty")
Richard Epstein(" Skepticism and Freedom")
*David Friedman ("
The Machinery of Freedom")
Friedrich Hayek(" Law, Legislation and Liberty")
Bruno Leoni(" Freedom and the Law")
Robert P. Murphy("Chaos Theory").
Robert Nozick(" Anarchy, State, and Utopia")
*Randy Barnett (1998). "The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law". Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-829324-0.
*Richard Epstein (2003). "Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism". Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-21304-8.
*Friedrich Hayek (1981). "Law, Legislation and Liberty: The Political Order of a Free People". Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-415-09868-8, ISBN 0-226-32090-1.
Law and economics
Philosophy of law
* [http://www.randybarnett.com/SOL.htm Randy Barnett's "The Structure of Liberty"]
*" [http://lsolum.typepad.com/legal_theory_lexicon/2005/06/legal_theory_le.html Legal Theory Lexicon: Libertarian Theories of Law] "
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