From Economic to Legal Competition

From Economic to Legal Competition

New Perspectives on Law and Institutions in Europe

New Horizons in Law and Economics series

Edited by Alain Marciano and Jean-Michel Josselin

The idea of legal competition as a decentralized market process of law provision in which legal clubs compete, has earned an indisputable legitimacy among economists. This book presents a debate concerning the merits of and conditions for a competitive provision of law, with a special focus on institutions in Europe.

Preface

Edited by Alain Marciano and Jean-Michel Josselin

Subjects: economics and finance, public finance, law - academic, european law

Extract

This book evolved out of a conference organized in May 2001 in Marseilles, France, sponsored by the Institut d’Economie Publique under the auspices of the European Association of Law and Economics. Scholars invited to give papers were given carte blanche, but were asked to revise their contributions after the conference discussions. We present here a selection of them. They reflect the current research on the subject, unified by the same concern, namely the understanding of competition in the market for law, in the perspective of the European legal integration. They also show a diversity of opinions that we did not try to iron out. We heartily thank Danièle Durieu and all the participants in the conference. The publishing process has been both friendly and efficient. We are very grateful for that. ix