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Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Looking For Default Rule Legitimacy In All The Wrong Places: A Critique Of The Authority Of Contract Model And The Coordination Principle Proposed By Professor Burto, Juliet P. Kostritsky Jan 1993

Looking For Default Rule Legitimacy In All The Wrong Places: A Critique Of The Authority Of Contract Model And The Coordination Principle Proposed By Professor Burto, Juliet P. Kostritsky

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A central question of contract law remains: when should the law supply a term not expressly agreed to? Many scholars have addressed that question, yet the justification for law- supplied terms often remains unconvincing. Because many proposals to supply terms do not incorporate a comparative frameworkfor assessing the costs and benefits of legal interventions, they are incompletely justifled. This Article proposes that a comparative net benefit approach (developed in institutional economics to explain private arrangements) be adapted and expanded to resolve fundamental issues of legal intervention. This Article uses that framework to critique the (1) hypothetical bargain and (2) Ayres ...