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Judicial Reputation: A Comparative Theory

Nuno Garoupa and Tom Ginsburg


Judges, as Alexander Hamilton famously noted, lack the purse or the sword, and so must rely on their reputation to secure compliance with their decisions. This book uses the economics of information to understand the organization of the judiciary. While there is no shortage of other accounts in comparative law trying to explain judicial organization, most of these draw very heavily on history, tradition, and culture, emphasizing distinctions like that between the common law and civil law. Our account, however, starts with the agency model that has become central to modern legal and economic an ... More

Keywords: reputation, judiciary, judges, comparative law, law and economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226290591
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226290621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nuno Garoupa, author
Texas A&M University

Tom Ginsburg, author