Illusion of Free Markets
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It is widely believed today that the free market is the best mechanism ever invented to efficiently allocate resources in society. Just as fundamental as faith in the free market is the belief that government has a legitimate and competent role in policing and the punishment arena. This curious incendiary combination of free market efficiency and the Big Brother state has

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Hardcover, 264 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Harvard University Press
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David Kaib
An even better job of busting the myth of free markets than Robert Hale, and also explains the connection market thinking and punitive approaches in non-economic arenas.
Ben Chinn
Some interesting ideas but I couldn't get past the academic jargon and lefty posturing. Gave up after the first couple of chapters.
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The Wall Street Journal reviews the book here: http://bit.ly/hSwf4Q
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Bernard Harcourt is the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law & Criminology and Chair and Professor of Political Science at The University of Chicago.

Professor Harcourt's scholarship intersects social and political theory, the sociology of punishment, criminal law and procedure, and criminology. He is the author of Against Prediction: Punishing and Policing in an Actuarial Age (University of Chicago...more
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