The development of "law and economics" over the last half-century has expanded and reinforced a perception among academic lawyers that law itself is a social science. During the same period social science has moved closer to the discipline of natural science and the presuppositions and methods of its thought and work. This essay explores why law is not and cannot be a social science, and why there are grounds for hope in a future for democracy grounded in the rule of law.
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Joseph Vining, "The Resilience of Law" (September 2008). University of Michigan Program in Law and Economics Archive: 2003-2009. Working Paper 87.