The Reasons for Rules


in Playing by the Rules

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198258315
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681844 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Law Series

The Reasons for Rules

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This chapter examines the issues related to the relation between rules and suboptimizing decision procedures. It provides an argument in favour of rules, focusing on the distrust of certain classes of decision makers with respect to certain kinds of decisions. It suggests that one of the chief virtues of ruled-based decision making stems from a desire to protect against decision maker error in direct application of background justifications.

Keywords: suboptimality; decision makers; decision error; background justifications

Chapter.  13403 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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