The Fall and Rise of Freedom of Contract (Hardback)F. H. Buckley (editor)
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The 1970s was a decade of regulatory triumphalism in North America, marked by a surge in consumer, securities, and environmental regulation. Legal scholars predicted the "death of contract" and its replacement by regulation and reliance-based theories of liability. Instead, we have witnessed the reemergence of free bargaining norms. This revival can be attributed to the rise of law-and-economics, which laid bare the intellectual failure of anticontractarian theories. Scholars in this school note that consumers are not as helpless as they have been made out to be, and that intrusive legal rules meant ostensibly to help them often leave them worse off. Contract law principles have also been very robust in areas far afield from traditional contract law, and the essays in this volume consider how free bargaining rights might reasonably be extended in tort, property, land-use planning, bankruptcy, and divorce and family law.
This book will be of particular interest to legal scholars and specialists in contract law. Economics and public policy planners will also be challenged by its novel arguments.
Contributors. Gregory S. Alexander, Margaret F. Brinig, F. H. Buckley, Robert Cooter, Steven J. Eagle, Robert C. Ellickson, Richard A. Epstein, William A. Fischel, Michael Klausner, Bruce H. Kobayashi, Geoffrey P. Miller, Timothy J. Muris, Robert H. Nelson, Eric A. Posner, Robert K. Rasmussen, Larry E. Ribstein, Roberta Romano, Paul H. Rubin, Alan Schwartz, Elizabeth S. Scott, Robert E. Scott, Michael J. Trebilcock
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 998 g
Dimensions: 244 x 164 x 42 mm
"An interesting and impressive collection of essays that pulls together important research and arguments by an unusually impressive lineup of contributors. This a major piece of work." -Paul H. Haagen, Duke University School of Law
"One of the most notable trends in recent legal scholarship is the reinvigoration of the contract paradigm, and these original papers by some of the most distinguished North American law-and-economics scholars make a strong case for the virtues of contractarianism across a wide spectrum of legal specialties, including contract law, tort law, family law, bankruptcy, and private international law. The commentaries develop nuanced concepts, such as efficiency-enhancing limitations on contractual freedom. This important, impressive, and timely collection, accessible to a wide audience, should become the standard reference on free bargaining and contractarianism."-Thomas S. Ulen, University of Illinois College of Law
"These brilliant essays show that the ethic of respect for the uniqueness of individuals can influence and justify a return to bargaining freedom in a surprising variety of legal areas."-James W. Bowers, Louisiana State University Law Center
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