Thursday, May 28, 2009
Margaret F. Brinig
Notre Dame Law School
SUPPORTING THE COVENANT: FAMILY AND COMMUNITY, University of Chicago Press, 2010
Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-26
This book will discuss the interplay of norms and families from a number of perspectives. It will tie theoretical and empirical observations to subjects of current law reform as varied as cohabitation, custody, grandparent visitation, payment for household work and domestic violence. Relevant norms and what is called social capital affect family members’ relationships with each other, that is, within the family community. They also govern the way outside communities interact with families, and social capital built within the family influences commercial and public relationships that do not directly involve families at all. Law reform, even from the best of intentions, often misfires because norms and the impact of social capital are not considered.
Keywords: family, law and economics, law and society, social norms, social capital, empirical studies, marriage, adoption, domestic violenceAccepted Paper Series