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  • Page extent: 256 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.422 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521676380)

Boilerplate, the fine print of standard contracts, is more prevalent than ever in commercial trade and in electronic commerce. But what is in it, beyond legal technicalities? Why is it so hard to read and why is it often so one-sided? Who writes it, who reads it, and what effect does it have? The studies in this volume question whether boilerplate is true contract. Does it resemble a statute? Is it a species of property? Should we think of it as a feature of the product we buy? Does competition improve boilerplate? Looking at the empirical reality in which various boilerplates operate, leading private law experts reveal subtle and previously unrecognized ways in which boilerplate clauses encourage information flow, but also reduce it; how new boilerplate terms are produced, and how innovation in boilerplate is stifled; how negotiation happens in the shadow of boilerplate, and how it is subdued. They offer a new explanation as to why boilerplate is often so one-sided. With emphasis on empiricism and economic thinking, this volume provides a more nuanced understanding of the 'DNA' of market contracts, the boilerplate terms.


Foreword Omri Ben-Shahar; Part I. Why is Boilerplate One-Sided?: 1. One-sided contracts in competitive consumer markets Richard Posner and Lucian Bebchuk; 2. Cooperative negotiations in the shadow of boilerplate Jason S. Johnston; 3. Boilerplate and economic power in auto manufacturing contracts Omri Ben-Shahar and James J. White; 4. 'Unfair' dispute resolution clauses: much ado about nothing? Florencia Marotta-Wurgler; 5. The unconventional uses of transactions costs David Gilo and Ariel Porat; Part II. Should Boilerplate be Regulated? 6. Online boilerplate: would mandatory website disclosure of e-standard terms backfire? Robert Hillman; 7. Pre-approved boilerplate Clayton Gillette; 8. 'Contracting' for credit Ronald J. Mann; 9. The role of non profits in the production of boilerplate Kevin E. Davis; 10. The boilerplate paradox Douglas G. Baird; Part III. Interpretation of Boilerplate: 11. Contract as Statute Stephen J. Choi and Mitu Gulati; 12. Modularity in contracts: boilerplate and information flow Henry E. Smith; 13. Contra Preferendum: the allure of ambiguous boilerplate Michelle E. Boardman; Part IV. Commentary; 14. Boilerplate today: the rise of modularity and the waning of consent Margaret Jane Radin; 15. The law and sociology of boilerplate Todd J. Rakoff.


Omri Ben-Shahar, Richard Posner, Lucian Bebchuk, Jason S. Johnston, James J. White, Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, David Gilo, Ariel Porat, Robert Hillman, Clayton Gillette, Ronald J. Mann, Kevin E. Davis, Douglas G. Baird, Stephen J. Choi, Mitu Gulati, Henry E. Smith, Michelle E. Boardman, Margaret Jane Radin, Todd J. Rakoff

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