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Boston University School of Law




Contract law has changed dramatically since the heyday of free contract ideology. The false conflict in the cases and literature between facilitation of market transactions and regulation to achieve social aims has been transcended, largely due to the realization that social aims are behind all of contract law. In place of this false conflict, new questions about the values advanced through contract law have been posed. Contract theory needs an account of the values underlying doctrines that were previously justified (wrongly) as means to effectuate the intent of the parties. Hugh Collins has given us such an account in his new book, The Law of Contract.

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