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The American Illness: Essays on the Rule of Law

F. H. Buckley


This book brings together twenty-plus contributors from the fields of law, economics, and international relations to look at whether the U.S. legal system is contributing to the country's long postwar decline. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the interactions between economics and the law in such areas as corruption, business regulation, and federalism. It explains how the U.S. legal system works differently to those in most countries, with contradictory and hard-to-understand business regulations, tort laws that vary from state to state, and surprising judicial interpretations of ... More

Keywords: U.S. legal system, economics, law, corruption, business regulation, federalism, tort laws, litigation costs, economic growth, contracts

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300175219
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300175219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. H. Buckley, editor

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Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Relative Decline

An Exceptional Nation?

F.H. Buckley

Part 3: Empirical Evidence

Are Americans More Litigious?

J. Mark Ramseyer AND Eric B. Rasmusen

Lawyers as Spam

Stephen P. Magee

Regulation and Litigation

Eric Helland AND Jonathan Klick

Part 4: Civil Procedure

Part 5: Tort Law

A Tamer Tort Law

Michael Trebilcock AND Paul-Erik Veel

Part 6: Contract Law

Text versus Context

Robert E. Scott

Exit and the American Illness

Erin O'hara O'connor AND Larry E. Ribstein

The Dramatic Rise of Consumer Protection Law

Joshua D. Wright AND Eric Helland

Part 7: Corporate and Securities Law

Part 8: Criminal Law

Part 9: How Nations Grow (or Don't)


Robert Cooter AND Aaron Edlin

The Rule of Law and China

Francis Fukuyama

Part 10: Changing Course


F.H. Buckley

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