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Citation

Roots RI. Am. Behav. Sci. 2004; 47(11): 1376-1394.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2004, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0002764204265339

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

Why is it that so many laws perpetually fall short of their intended goals? Why haven't humanity's greatest minds managed to solve basic social ills? This article amasses considerable evidence suggesting that (a) law is inherently incapable of producing major social change because legal restrictions unsettle social equilibria and generate counteractions and (b) the subconscious purpose behind many laws is the promotion of social solidarity for its own sake. The author concludes that laws and the politics that forge them are essentially religious practices that have little basis in rational analysis. Thus can be explained both the perpetual failure of many laws and their irreconcilable popularity.

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