- Tinkerbell effect
The Tinkerbell effect describes those things that exist only because people believe in them. The effect is named for
Tinker Bell, the fairy in the play " Peter Pan" who is revived from near death by the belief of the audience.
Cases of this effect include
* the value of a nation's money, technically called
Fiat currencyseparate from its foundation in the monetary systemFact|date=September 2008
* civil society
* the "
Rule of law"
* the power of the voteFact|date=September 2008
* [http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/MqLJ/2004/7.html The Rule of Law and the Tinkerbell Effect: Theoretical Considerations, Criticisms and Justifications for the Rule of Law]
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