Freedom of Contract in Parliament, 1770–1870

P. S. Atiyah

in The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract

Published in print November 1985 | ISBN: 9780198255277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681578 | DOI:
Freedom of Contract in Parliament, 1770–1870

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This chapter examines changes in the treatment of the idea of freedom of contract in parliament in England during the period from 1770 to 1870. It suggests that during the earlier part of this period, parliamentary policy was generally very similar to that of the judges and that significant differences only became evident during the beginning of the 19th century. It contends that Adam Smith's principles of political economy had significant influence in the development of parliamentary policies.

Keywords: freedom of contract; England; parliament; judges; political economy; Adam Smith

Chapter.  31881 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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