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Lessons from the Past: Legal Transformation in Germany of the 19th Century

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  • Rainer Schroeder

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During the 19th century, markets exploded liberally before the state began to intervene to compensate for undesired social deterioration. In the second half of the 19th century, however, legislation largely locked up itself, except for laws which dealt mainly with technical modernization, such as infrastructure, communications, transport, establishment of formal justice, and civil and trade law. The Second German Empire was a "system of circumvented decisions", where courts took over the job of adjusting the law to the economic situation. Apparently only in rare cases it is the law which controls economic processes; normally, it will have a rather minor impact.

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  • Rainer Schroeder, 2000. "Lessons from the Past: Legal Transformation in Germany of the 19th Century," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 156(1), pages 180-180, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200003)156:1_180:lftplt_2.0.tx_2-8
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    • K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)
    • K29 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Other
    • K40 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - General
    • B10 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - General

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