Research Handbook on Fiduciary Law
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Research Handbook on Fiduciary Law

Edited by D. G. Smith and Andrew S. Gold

The Research Handbook on Fiduciary Law offers specially commissioned chapters written by leading scholars and covers a wide range of important topics in fiduciary law. Topical contributions discuss: various fiduciary relationships; the duty of loyalty and other fiduciary obligations; fiduciary remedies; the role of equity; the role of trust; international and comparative perspectives; and public fiduciary law. This Research Handbook will be of interest to readers concerned with both theory and practice, as it incorporates significant new insights and developments in the field.
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Chapter 18: Challenges to public fiduciary theory: an assessment

Evan Fox-Decent


Over the past decade, a growing number of legal and political theorists have looked to ideas of trusteeship and fiduciary relations to explain foundational concepts associated with the rule of law, constitutional government, the role of judges and legislators, and the idea of public authority itself. Professor Evan Criddle and I have contributed to this literature by arguing that fiduciary principles can help explain administrative law and international law. This public fiduciary literature has attracted thoughtful and nuanced critiques. Some of the critiques reject the public fiduciary project outright, while others are of a more in-house variety, and take exception to some of the arguments I have defended, either solely or with Professor Criddle. In this chapter I reply to the thorough-going critiques of Timothy Endicott and Seth Davis, and the in-house criticism of Paul Miller.

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