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American LawAn Introduction$
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Lawrence M. Friedman and Grant M. Hayden

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190460587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460587.001.0001

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On Legal Behavior

On Legal Behavior

(p.203) 11 On Legal Behavior
American Law

Lawrence M. Friedman

Grant M. Hayden

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how the law influences behavior. It looks at situations where people may obey (or disobey) the law, as well as those where people merely use (or fail to make use of) the law. The impact of law depends upon how the law is communicated to affected people and their knowledge of it. The bulk of the chapter discusses the complicated relationship between sanctions (both rewards and punishments) and behavior, with a focus on the deterrence curve. The final part of the chapter discusses capital punishment.

Keywords:   legal behavior, reward, punishment, deterrence, deterrence curve, capital punishment, death penalty

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