Institutional Competition between Common Law and Civil Law

Theory and Policy

Editors: Schmiegelow, Michèle, Schmiegelow, Henrik (Eds.)

  • A contract-law solution to the subprime crisis
  • A must read for legal reforms in developing and transforming countries
  • An unprecedented combination of legal history, comparative law, institutional economics and econometrics
  • The first dynamic panel analysis of the economic effect of default rules of contract law
  • First findings of an emerging global academic database on comparative access to justice and efficiency of justice
  • A comprehensive critique of legal origins theory in both substantive and procedural law
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This book addresses two countervailing challenges to theory and policy in law and economics. The first is the rise of legal origins theory, which denies the comparative law view of convergence between common law and civil law by the assertion of an economic superiority of common law. The second is the series of economic crises in the very financial markets on which that assertion was based. Both trends unsettled certainties about the rule of law and institutional economics.

Meeting legal origins theory in its main areas of political science, sociology and economics, the book extends the interdisciplinary reach to neglected aspects of comparative law, legal history, dynamic econometric analysis and "quasi-natural experiments" with counterfactual evidence of different institutional regimes in divided countries. These combined methodological tools make tests of the economic impact of different legal origins much more reliable. This is shown for developed and newly industrialized countries as well as developing, transforming and emerging countries with or without financial center advantage, affected or not by financial crises. The Asian financial crises and the American subprime crisis have been, or could have been resolved using the resources of common law or civil law.  These cases and data on access to justice in Africa, Asia and Latin America reveal the problem of substantive law remaining "law on the books" without efficient procedural rules and judicial structures. The single most striking common law-civil law divide is that lawyer-dominated common law procedure is slower and costlier than judge-managed civil law procedure.

Countries as diverse as the Netherlands, Japan, and China show functional interaction between culture and law in legal reforms. Such interaction can reduce the occurrence of legal disputes as well as facilitate their resolution. It can use economic crises as catalysts for legal reforms or rely on regional integration, and it should replace the discredited  method of legal "transplants" by sustained dialogue between legal advisors and all actors involved in legal reforms.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Interdisciplinary Issues in Comparing Common Law and Civil Law

    Schmiegelow, Michèle

    Pages 3-21

  • Identifying the Effect of Institutions on Economic Growth

    Docquier, Frédéric

    Pages 25-40

  • Contract Rules in Codes and Statutes: Easing Business Across the Cleavages of Legal Origins

    Boucekkine, Raouf (et al.)

    Pages 41-81

  • Contract Modification as a rebus sic stantibus Solution to the Subprime Crisis

    Schmiegelow, Henrik (et al.)

    Pages 83-117

  • A Counterintuitive Efficiency Divide Between Common Law and Civil Law: Rules and Structures of Civil Procedure in Eight Developed or Newly Industrialized Countries

    Schmiegelow, Henrik

    Pages 119-182

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Institutional Competition between Common Law and Civil Law
Book Subtitle
Theory and Policy
Editors
  • Michèle Schmiegelow
  • Henrik Schmiegelow
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-54660-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-54660-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-54659-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51341-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 475
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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