Title

Contract Law and Distribution in the Age of Welfare Reform

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

ISSN

0004-153X

Publisher

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Language

en-US

Abstract

This Article tracks the ongoing adaptation of U.S. contract law to the 1990s’ contraction of the welfare state. Some courts strive to compensate for the shortage of welfare services and to pursue redistributive goals. This Article provides examples of this trend and then analyzes the non-linear relation between doctrines, judicial redistribution, and welfare politics in both case law and scholarship. Finally, this Article discusses the role of socially sensitive judicial discourse in light of contemporary welfare politics and explains its continuing importance.

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