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The rise and fall of communal liability in ancient law

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  • Parisi, Francesco
  • Dari-Mattiacci, Giuseppe

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In ancient societies, rules of communal responsibility permitted the imposition of retaliatory sanctions on a wrongdoer's clan. These rules followed the collective ownership structure of early communities. Over time, notions of personal responsibility emerged, terminating the transfer of responsibility from one member to the whole clan. This paper intends to provide an economic explanation for this transition

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Law and Economics.

Volume (Year): 24 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 489-505

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Handle: RePEc:eee:irlaec:v:24:y:2004:i:4:p:489-505

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  1. Richard A. Posner, 1979. "A Theory of Primitive Society with Special Reference to Law," University of Chicago - George G. Stigler Center for Study of Economy and State 7, Chicago - Center for Study of Economy and State.
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Cited by:
  1. Thomas J. Miceli, 2013. "Collective Responsibility," Working papers 2013-23, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  2. Nuno Garoupa & Jonathan Klick & Francesco Parisi, 2006. "A law and economics perspective on terrorism," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 128(1), pages 147-168, July.
  3. G. Dari Mattiacci & G.G.A. de Geest, 2004. "The Filtering Effect of Sharing Rules," Working Papers 04-17, Utrecht School of Economics.

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