Regulation for the Sake of Appearance

  title={Regulation for the Sake of Appearance},
  author={Adam M. Samaha},
  journal={University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law \& Economics Research Paper Series},
  • Adam M. Samaha
  • Published 7 October 2011
  • Sociology
  • University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper Series
Appearance is often given as a justification for decisions, including government decisions, but the logic of appearance arguments is not well theorized. This Article develops a framework for understanding and evaluating appearance-based justifications for government decisions. First, working definitions are offered to distinguish appearance from reality. Next, certain relationships between appearance and reality are singled out for attention. Sometimes reality is insulated from appearance… 
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