Law and Economic Order
A Theory of Requisite Economy
by Peter Gibson Friesen
280 pages, $22.00, non-fiction
In Law and Economic Order Friesen gives us a provocative series of insights by deconstructing the tension between ‘maintaining order’ and ‘competition’. Requisite Economy helps to deeply understand what is emerging in society by embracing a true holistic perspective. This is a rich and compelling call-to-rethink for anyone looking for new ways to deal with societal challenges. I strongly recommend reading it.
—Jan De Visch, Managing Director Connect & Transform, Exec. Prof. Flanders Business School
—Christophe Lambert, PhD, Chairman, Golden Helix Inc.
Law and Economic Order is an enormously challenging and important book to read: both brilliant and opaque, traversing abstruse byways that only a handful of people in the world can follow, and in single sentences laying bare hidden structures governing the evolution of law and economies that I will contemplate for years. This book is essential reading for leaders in ethical societies, who are navigating the treacherous waters of an international legal and economic order whose complexity may well exceed human cognitive limits to manage humanely. Friesen has given us a compass that may well save us from disaster.
Friesen’s Law and Economic Order has put me to an intense but rewarding work of interpretation... I hope that reading Law and Economic Order may resonate with the reader’s own experiences in the way he or she deliberates over the Common Good (implicit or explicit in his or her social network) and its values. I cannot leave out applying the rich principles developed by Friesen in this work. —Luc Hoebeke, Belgian consultant, author and lecturer in the field of self-organization, innovation processes and human activity systems
Peter Friesen received his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in 1978, majoring in Philosophy. He continued to pursue his philosophical interests in Public Administration at the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctorate at the University of California, Hastings, awarded in 1982. While a student at the University of Southern California he studied with Elliot Jaques and played a major role in the development of the first logical descriptors for cognitive development utilizing an information processing model.
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