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Law for Sale: A Philosophical Critique of Regulatory Competition

Law for Sale: A Philosophical Critique of Regulatory Competition

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Common markets, open borders, air traffic, and the internet have made it faster and less expensive to change places and jurisdictions. As a result, legal forums are increasingly treated as a good that is subject to the market mechanism. Individuals and corporations increasingly have free reign
to choose which legal rules to apply to their company, their contract, their marriage, or their insolvency proceedings. States in turn grant these opportunities and respond to demand by competing with other suppliers of legal regimes. 'Regulatory competition' describes a dynamic in which states as
producers of legal rules compete for the favour of mobile consumers of their legal products.

This book focuses on the philosophical underpinnings, problems, and consequences of such regulatory competition. It argues that there is a mismatch between regulatory competition as a policy approach and the beliefs and commitments that shape our thinking about law and the state. It concludes that
'law markets' are potentially at odds with both our conception of the functions of legal rules and of key political ideals and principles such as democracy, state autonomy, and political authority.


Author: Johanna Stark
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 05/07/2019
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.60h x 5.70w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780198839491

About the Author

Johanna Stark, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Senior Research Fellow

Johanna Stark is a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich, where her areas of research include legal and political philosophy, legal theory, German and European private law, and tax law.


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