Ideological Flip-Flop: American Liberals Are Now the Primary Supporters of Tort Law

21 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2006  

Stephen D. Sugarman

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Date Written: January 17, 2005

Abstract

This essay explores in ideological terms the transformation in who supports American tort law. Traditionally structured to function to favor defendants, tort law around 1960 was a regime that conservatives defended and liberals sought to replace or reform. Today, many on the left embrace tort law, and it is the right that is pushing for "tort reform." Along with this ideological somersault, American tort law has become much more politically prominent.

Keywords: torts

Suggested Citation

Sugarman, Stephen D., Ideological Flip-Flop: American Liberals Are Now the Primary Supporters of Tort Law (January 17, 2005). UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 925244. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=925244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.925244

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