Family Values and the Law of Inheritance

Socioeconomic Review, Vol. 7, p. 145, 2009

Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 09-07

6 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2009

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Anne Alstott

Yale University - Law School

Date Written: February 3, 2009

Abstract

This review essay examines Jens Beckert's new book, Inherited Wealth, which shows how values of liberty, equality, family, and economic prosperity recurred in debates conducted across three countries and three centuries. The review essay suggests that modern-day Washington lobbyists are not alone in invoking family values to oppose limitations on inheritance. The historical debates are full of claims about how different inheritance law regimes support or undermine the family - even as conceptions of the family and its personal and political meanings have changed. The essay offers three examples: the abolition of entails, the evolution of testamentary freedom, and the law of intestacy.

Suggested Citation

Alstott, Anne L., Family Values and the Law of Inheritance (February 3, 2009). Socioeconomic Review, Vol. 7, p. 145, 2009; Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 09-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1337223

Anne L. Alstott (Contact Author)

Yale University - Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.yale.edu/faculty/AAlstott.htm

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