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Whether and how to carry out interdisciplinary inquiries between
law and the social sciences is a problem that has bedeviled
the legal academic community for some years. Perhaps it also
bedevils the social science community. One senses that the law
people gaze at social scientists in envious anticipation that they
may have some insights (causal theories and explanations) that
will make more manageable the law's burdens of social stabilization
and implementation of social goals. The social scientists
meanwhile gaze at the law in contemplation of its plenitude of
underexamined phenomena that might be illuminated by the
light that social science has generated, or would like to generate.
There is also the point that law and social science have a common
subject matter and that law people and social scientists find
themselves interested in many of the same problems. Hence the
mutual attractions.

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