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The State and Freedom of Contract (The Making of Modern Freedom Series)

Scheiber, Harry N. [Editor]

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ISBN 10: 0804741913 / ISBN 13: 9780804741910
Published by Stanford Univ Pr, 2001
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Title: The State and Freedom of Contract (The ...

Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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The relationship of law to economic freedom has been a vital element in the history of all modern democratic societies. Freedom of contract is both a technical term in law, referring to private agreements and promises, and a metaphor often deployed to describe economic liberty. This volume of essays by eminent legal historians offers fresh perspectives on freedom of contract in both senses of the term, and considers how economic freedom relates to such classic political freedoms as free speech and other Anglo-American constitutional norms. Theprincipal focus of the essays is on broad issues of policy and law, rather than on narrow considerations of legal doctrine. All the contributors reject stereotypes that pervade the existing literature about the allegedly unalloyed individualism of the common law, and show how active state interventions of various kinds have shaped contract law in relation to social change throughout our legal history. Equally, however, they reject shibboleths regarding bringing the state back in, and take a hard look at the claims of statist ideology regarding the norms and rules that have established the legal boundaries of liberty in the modern industrial and post-industrial eras.

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