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Good Faith and Fault in Contract Law$
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Jack Beatson and Daniel Friedman

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198265788

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265788.001.0001

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Introduction: From ‘Classical’ to Modern Contract Law

Introduction: From ‘Classical’ to Modern Contract Law

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(p.3) 1 Introduction: From ‘Classical’ to Modern Contract Law
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Good Faith and Fault in Contract Law
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Jack Beatson

Daniel Friedman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265788.003.0001

This chapter presents an overview of the current state of play in contract law and of the matters covered in the subsequent chapters. It discusses the features of classical contract theory and the reshaping of contract law in the modern period, which was accompanied by an expansion of the non-contractual fields of liability. Modern contract law is characterized by an increased control over the contractual regime. This control is reflected both by general supervision over the process of contract formation and by intervention in the very contents of the contract.

Keywords:   contract law, contract theory, liability, contract formation

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