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This third set of dictionaries under the Palgrave name maintains the very high standard of its predecessors: The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics (Norton, 1989) and The New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance (Stockton, 1992). Although called a dictionary, the book offers 399 signed articles that are interdisciplinary and encyclopedic in range and depth, most written by American or British academics from major institutions. Topics range from airline deregulation and insurance to contracts and crime as a distinct form of behavior. The writing level assumes at least advanced undergraduate understanding of economics and more than a little math. About 20 percent of the topics have appeared in the earlier titles, but the articles here are new and often much longer. Physically well produced (though unfortunately lacking an index and CIP data), this is a superior subject dictionary, but its depth of coverage will limit its use to all but the most ambitious undergrads. Strongly recommended for libraries serving graduate programs in economics, law, and public and social policy.Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technical Coll. Lib., La Crosse (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The New Palgrave consists of 339 commissioned essays, arranged alphabetically, by national and international scholars, including a few significant critics. The essays explain the major concepts, applications, individuals, and primarily free-market theories of law and economics, with brief bibliographies for further study. The first work of its kind in a discipline of fairly recent prominence, The New Palgrave is an outstanding contribution. For nonspecialists, it reveals the relevant features and significance of a subject that intersects several fields of study and is sometimes applied in policy- and law-making. For specialists, it provides perspective on what is known and not known in the field. A seven-topic outline at the beginning of each volume demonstrates for specialists and nonspecialists alike the interrelationships and applications of law and economics. Access is enhanced by a cross-referenced list of entries; a list of contributors' topics and affiliations; and two indexes, one of statutes, treaties, and directives, the other of cases. Most of the essays are erudite but written in plain English that makes them accessible to all readers, from undergraduates to professionals. Recommended for academic and professional libraries. H. Leskovac; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark