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By Clark R.C.

The genuine intent of this text is kind of basic: to discover the main simple concerns arguing for and opposed to significant resources of ideas. however it takes an inductive procedure. the 1st half describes a few key points of the hot debate concerning the selection among obligatory and allowing ideas in company legislations. Its function is to demonstrate the afflicted dominance of 1 significant version of the production of norms—the contractual model—in educational considering. Later elements discover components slighted via clients of this version, and in doing so introduce principles that extend a ways past the borders of commercial legislations.

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First, people who do not orient themselves to the consequences of practices and rules may fail to track real and relevant changes in the environment, and to adjust the practices and rules accordingly. Many traditional cultures and normative systems retain outdated and vestigial practices beyond the time when they cease to yield a net benefit, simply because no or too few people in power are monitoring changes. ^' Second, even without change in the relevant aspects of the external 64. Obviously, real-life imitation is complicated by the very high costs of discerning and copying subtle aspects of the behavior or practice to be imitated.

77. See E. Luttwak, Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace 27-31 (1987). 19891 CONTRACTS, ELITES, AND TRADITIONS 1737 over all tradition-related costs. No large-scale social systems are the product of a conscious and coherent rational design, however, and it seems quite doubtful that invisible hand mechanisms exist that would produce an even approximately ideal set of traditions in any of them. Nevertheless, all the costs of traditions-delayed adaptation, harmful drift, reduced innovation, shared illusions, and increased fraudmust be put in perspective.

It may also vary significantly across populations. A responsive and innovative society may have a relatively high proportion of individuals who are disinclined to follow the crowd. Indeed. we must strenuhen this admission of the wrevalence of innovative tenden" ties. Social learning, whether by teaching or mere imitation, could never have gotten started unless therewere something to be-passed on. That something had to be discovered by individuals. Those individuals almost certainly were sensitive to rational reflection or to operant conditioning by their environments.

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