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Bruce L. Benson

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Works Published inReview of Austrian Economics, Volumes 1-10Mises Daily ArticleThe Journal of Libertarian Studies

Benson is DeVoe L. Moore Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in Florida State University's Department of Economics.

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An Evolutionary Contractarian View of Primitive Law: The Institutions and Incentives Arising Under Customary Indian Law

02/20/1991Review of Austrian Economics, Volumes 1-10
The Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 5, No. 1 (1991)


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The Enterprise of Law: Justice without the State

Legal SystemPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Benson argues that public dissatisfaction with legal institutions is as prevalent as public disgust with many public institutions.
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Book Review: James L. Nolan, Reinventing Justice: the American Drug Court Movement

Legal SystemInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this article, Professor Bruce L. Benson offers a review of James L. Nolan, Jr's Reinventing Justice: The American Drug Court Movement . Volume 17, Number 1 (2003)


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Third Thoughts on Contracting Out

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Like many libertarians, I used to accept without question the idea that contracting out for government services was a good idea. After all, it puts production back into the hands of relatively efficient private producers. However, after reviewing the literature on contracting out for law...


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Reciprocal Exchange as the Basis for Recognition Of Law: Examples from American History

Free MarketsLegal SystemU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The literature of American legal history is primarily a history of federal and state governments, creating the false impression that these governments have produced and enforced all relevant law. Indeed, there seems to be a widely held belief that law and order could not exist in a society without...


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