Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-2012

Abstract

The diversity of contract laws is said by the Commission to discouragecross-border trade and hinder the development by SMEs of a pan-European commercialpolicy. An optional instrument containing both facilitative general contractrules and mandatory consumer protection rules, one of the solutions proposed by theCommission, is gaining rapid support from key stakeholders. Drawing from firms’own views on the problems of legal diversity, and insights from organisationalscience, this article sets out the circumstances in which firms will likely consider aEuropean optional code. Results are mixed: some firms may consider it, whileothers may ignore it. Much depends the firm’s aspirations (i.e. SMEs cannot beassumed as-yet to have pan-European aspirations), how the firm perceives theproblems of legal diversity, and how it searches for and decides upon solutions. Itwould appear that a European optional instrument may not be as useful or widelyconsidered as its proponents would like to believe.

Keywords

Contract law, Harmonisation, Behavioural analysis

Discipline

Transnational Law

Research Areas

Law of Transnational Business

Publication

European Journal of Law and Economics

Volume

33

Issue

3

First Page

521

Last Page

540

ISSN

0929-1261

Identifier

10.1007/s10657-011-9276-1

Publisher

Springer Verlag (Germany)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org./10.1007/s10657-011-9276-1

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