A competitive model of legal rules

  • Ugo Mattei
  • Francesco Pulitini
Part of the International Studies in Economics and Econometrics book series (ISEE, volume 21)


The aim of this paper is to suggest a competitive model for describing the relationship between the so-called sources of law. This model should substitute for the traditional one of hierarchical co-operation. In the first section we will describe the ideas of co-operation and the competitive models to be used in our paper. We will then show the theoretical reasons why a competitive model is preferable in describing the creation of the legal rule. In the second part we will offer, through historical and comparative discussion, empirical evidence on our hypothesis. A brief conclusion follows.


Legal System Unitary Theory Legal Rule Competitive Process Strict Liability 
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  • Francesco Pulitini

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