Bankruptcy Law as Social Legislation
Todd J. Zywicki
George Mason University School of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 01-18
Bankruptcy law is generally thought of as being purely economic in nature. But personal bankruptcy is also a form of post-contractual opportunism that reflects a moral decision to allow an individual to repudiate a promise of repayment. Thus, the bankruptcy decision is fraught with moral significance regarding promise-keeping and reciprocity. Reciprocity, it is argued, is the cornerstone of a free economy, healthy civil society, and democratic governance. Rampant personal bankruptcy, it is argued, frays these bonds of reciprocity that are necessary for a free, responsible, and self-governing society.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44
Date posted: July 16, 2001
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