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Contract Law and Theory, the leading theoretical casebook on contracts, is based on clear, discernible themes and patterns that underlie much of contract law, and as it develops them explicitly, the student is invited to develop a working model of contract law. This framework for analyzing and predicting the outcome of contract disputes is then tested through careful case and doctrinal analysis. Contract Law and Theory begins with an overview chapter. Many of the following chapters contain introductory essays presenting some of the basic doctrines and theoretical approaches covered in the chapter. The Fifth Edition has added new cases reflecting contemporary developments, particularly in the areas of precontractual liability, preliminary agreements, and collaborative contracts. The authors have also carefully rewritten and edited the text and essays and have shifted a number of principal cases to notes—to both condense the book for easier coverage in four-hour courses and to enhance the book's accessibility to students.
This book also is available in a three-hole punched, alternative loose-leaf version printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper with wider margins and with the same pagination as the hardbound book.