Consumer Supplier Relations, Regulation and Essential Contract Theory
Richard Lindsay Peregrine St.John Austen-Baker
Lancaster University Law School
July 23, 2008
Journal of Contract Law, Vol. 24, pp. 60-76, 2008
This article interrogates certain presuppositions of consumer law and policy discourse, chiefly through the lens of Macneil's 'essential contract theory,' in particular his proposed contract norms. Three presuppositions are posited and then discussed in turn. The author concludes that the presuppositions are unjustified and, in so far as they are held in fact, present a risk of distortion in debating contract law reform.
Keywords: Contracts, contract theory, relational contract theory, essential contract theory, Ian Macneil, consumer law
JEL Classification: K12Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 23, 2009
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