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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