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June 25, 2009

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Michael F. Martin

The comments are illustrative with my complaint about (at least this summary of) the work: There are so many variables that determine the system; one can tell any number of stories about how some of them affect others of them; but that does not make the stories true.

I do think the attention of government servants has shifted, and that this has had its consequences on private orderings. But it is difficult to decipher what, excatly, is proposed by this theory without the specific actors and policies being identified, and their trajectories traced over time. There is an embeddedness to these phenomena that is difficult to suss out looking only at the (apparently approximate) conservation of "energy" as it were.

Please tell us more about the structure of these public and private regulatory constraints on social ordering.

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