Hayek and the Common Law

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2005

Project Description/Abstract

I will examine Hayek’s distinction between spontaneously-emerging, “bottom-up” social orders (as chiefly instantiated in the common law) and coercive, “top-down” social orders (as instantiated in commands of a sovereign). I will discuss the significance of this distinction for liberal political theory, and its ramifications for other fields, mainly law and economics.

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