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This makes me think of the work of the Dutch cultural historian Johan Huizinga - Homo Ludens. Huizinga a contemporary of Hayek, argued that play was important in the formation of norms and rules (including law). Just a brief passage from my dissertatation:

The rules of the game, like cultural norms, are not fixed forever and always, but some stability and observance of them is necessary for the game or the market process to function. Like Hayek, Huizinga emphasizes that such rules emerge from human interaction. They do not merely civilize by teaching the importance of rule-abiding behavior or the process of competition, but also because rules and norms of for example ‘fair-play’ emerge in the process.

The link is, also made by either Hayek or Bartley in Appendix E of the Fatal Conceit

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