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Contract in Context

1st Edition

By Richard Austen-Baker, Qi Zhou


154 pages

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Contract in Context provides an easy to read, in depth analysis of the purpose and role of contract law and the theories that surround it. It looks at the historical development of contract law as well as providing detailed analysis of some of the leading theoretical explanations and how they are applied on an international level.

The book’s accessibility is enhanced by text boxes defining key concepts and terms and by bullet-point lists and descriptions further enlivened by biographical notes for leading figures and scholars. This ensures that students are able to gain a firm grasp and a clear understanding of the narratives and theories explained in the book.

Contract in Context is unique in that it is not limited to one jurisdiction, making it ideal for students around the globe wishing to develop or expand their knowledge of contract law.


There are few such textbooks looking at contract law theory (and, as the foreword rightly points out, none have been published for a number of years). This first edition of Contract in Context is therefore timely and an excellent addition to any student's (or practitioner's) contract law library. Russell J Kelsall for The Student Law Journal

Table of Contents

1. What is Contract for? and What is Contract Law for? 2. The Historical Context of Contract 3. The Ideological Context of Contract 4. Classical & Neo-Classical Contract 5. The Relational Context of Contract 6. The Economic Theories of Contract Law Part I 7. The Economic Theories of Contract Law Part II

About the Authors

Richard Austen-Baker is Senior Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University Law School where he has taught since 2004. He has been teaching contracts to undergraduates every year since 1999 and as well as Advanced Contract, a course on contract theory taken by 15-20 final year students each year.

Qi Zhou is Associate Professor for Law at the University of Leeds Law School, having joined in June 2013. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General