How Judges Think by Richard A. Posner


A review of How Judges Think

The celebrated and controversial founder of the school of Law and Economics proposes that legal rulings stem from a judge’s cost-benefit analysis that minimizes the risk of being overruled while maximizing influence and status, and argues that this is a good thing, since it creates consensus and ultimately results in a rational and consistent body of law. America’s most cited living jurist, Posner knows what he’s talking about, supplying ample justification for advocates to frame arguments that appeal to judges’ informed self-interest.

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