The Behavioral Code: The Hidden Ways the Law Makes Us Better...or Worse

The Behavioral Code: The Hidden Ways the Law Makes Us Better...or Worse

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Freakonomics for the law--how applying behavioral science to the law can fundamentally change and explain misbehavior

Why do most Americans wear seatbelts but continue to speed even though speeding fines are higher? Why could park rangers reduce theft by removing "no stealing" signs? Why was a man who stole 3 golf clubs sentenced to 25 years in prison?

Some laws radically change behavior whereas others are consistently ignored and routinely broken. And yet we keep relying on harsh punishment against crime despite its continued failure.

Professors Benjamin van Rooij and Adam Fine draw on decades of research to uncover the behavioral code: the root causes and hidden forces that drive human behavior and our responses to society's laws. In doing so, they present the first accessible analysis of behavioral jurisprudence, which will fundamentally alter how we understand the connection between law and human behavior.

The Behavioral Code offers a necessary and different approach to battling crime and injustice that is based in understanding the science of human misconduct--rather than relying on our instinctual drive to punish as a way to shape behavior. T

ISBN: 9780807049082

Published Date: January 1, 2021

Publisher: Beacon Press

Language: English

Page Count: 302

Size: 9.32" l x 6.30" w x 1.25" h