Limits of Freedom of Contract by Michael J. Trebilcock
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Limits of Freedom of Contract
By Michael J. Trebilcock

The Limits of Freedom of Contract

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Limits of Freedom of Contract by Michael J. Trebilcock

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Our Legal System is committed to the idea that private markets and the law of contracts that supports them are the primary institutions for allocating goods and services in a modern economy. Yet the market paradigm, Michael Trebilcock argues, leaves substantial room for challenge. For example, should people be permitted to buy and sell blood, bodily organs, surrogate babies, pornography, or sexual favors? Is it fair to allow people with limited knowledge about a transaction and its consequences to enter into it without guidance from experts? Finally, do people always know their own preferences, many of which may be socially conditioned? These are only a few of the issues Trebilcock explores in this sweeping analysis of the private ordering model of contract law and the major theoretical camps critiquing it, including the communication and the feminist. He examines the implication that the private ordering paradigm simultaneously promotes autonomy and welfare values, and argues that in many contexts the convergence of these values is much more contestable than its proponents claim. The book treats all the conflicting perspectives with care, acknowledging both their strengths and their weaknesses, and using them to illuminate many specific dilemmas. Trebilcock also pays close attention to how various theories may be translated into practice, revealing that ideas which appear to oppose each other at an abstract level are in fact similar when implemented at the institutional level. In conclusion, Trebilcock argues that we need to be more alert to the possibility of adopting public policies that broaden access to market opportunities for the disadvantaged. Economists, lawyers, politicalscientists, philosophers, and policy analysts will all benefit from reading this brilliant synthesis and reinterpretation of contract law.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674534308
ISBN-10: 0674534301
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 22mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael J. Trebilcock

Michael J. Trebilcock is Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Economics Program at the University of Toronto.

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