LS308 Law and Society Unit 2 assignment

Because the social system jumps from one equilibrium

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because the social system jumps from one equilibrium to another. Legal expression that changes beliefs about interdependent behavior may have greater effects on obeying the law than changes in the objective level of sanctions" (Cooter, 2006). On the flip-side, one who habitually abides by the driving laws, sets a positive example for those around them to follow. Both scenarios effect those around us, in either a positive or negative manner. If one drives their children to school, they should be more cautious of their driving and be sure to follow the laws so their children will have an example to follow when it is their turn to get behind the wheel. "Faced with a choice, people must ask themselves how much they are willing to sacrifice to obey a law. A good citizen can take his intrinsic value of obedience as a guide to action. An indifferent citizen, who places no intrinsic value on obedience, cannot find this guide within himself. Instead, he must decide by looking to the consequences of obedience for things that he cares about. Finally, an evil person can also take intrinsic value as a guide, although his valuation is inverted" (Cooter, 2006). "American are typically law-abiding people. Compliance is never complete, however. Everyone breaks the law sometimes, and some people break it often. Legal authorities know that the key to their effectiveness is their ability to make laws and decisions that will be followed by the public, so they try to act in ways that will promote public compliance with the law" (Tyler, 1990). The thought of one of my loved ones getting hurt in an automobile accident, is a big reason for me to try my best to set a good example by obeying the law. REFERENCES: Barkan, S. (2009) Law and Society: An Introduction. Prentice Hall. Pearson Education, Inc.
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LS308 Law and Society Unit 2 assignment Cooter, R. (2006) The Intrinsic Value of Obeying a Law: Economic Analysis of the Internal Viewpoint Fordham Law Review Vol. 75 Issue 3 Article 7 retrieved from http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4223&context=flr Tyler, T. (1990) Why People Obey the Law. Yale University Press. New Haven. Retrieved from http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/Sabatier/Tyler1990.pdf
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