Fines and monetary damages account for the majority of legal
sanctions across the whole spectrum of legal governance. Money is,
in key respects, the primary tool law has to achieve compliance.
Yet money has largely been ignored by social analyses of law, and
especially by social theory. The Currency of Justice examines the
differing rationalities, aims and assumptions built into money's
deployment in diverse legal fields and sanctions. This raises major
questions about the extent to which money appears as an abstract
universal or whether it takes on more particular meanings when
deployed in various areas of law. Indeed, money may be unique in
that it can take on the meanings of punishment, compensation,
denunciation or regulation. The Currency of Justice examines the
implications of the `monetization of justice' as life is
increasingly regulated through this single medium. Money not only
links diverse domains of law; it also links legal sanctions to
other monetary techniques which govern everyday life. Like these,
the concern with monetary sanctions is not who pays, but that money
is paid. Money is perhaps the only form of legal sanction where the
burden need not be borne by the wrongdoer. In this respect, this
book explores the view that contemporary governance is less
concerned with disciplining individuals and more concerned with
regulating distributions and flows of behaviours and the harms and
costs linked with these.
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