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Foundations of Public Contracts

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Foundations of Public Contracts

A Comparative View

9781800880917 Edward Elgar Publishing
José Guilherme Giacomuzzi, Professor of Law, Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence, The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Faculty of Law, Brazil
Publication Date: May 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 091 7 Extent: c 304 pp
Foundations of Public Contracts undertakes an in-depth survey of the foundations of public contracts in three legal systems: American, French, and Brazilian. The comparison of these three systems highlights the legal phenomenon's historical, philosophical, and social origins. The book transcends the functional commonalities to penetrate into how American, French, and Brazilian lawyers think about the essence of government contracts law, the phenomenon of exceptionalism; preferential treatment that public procurement law provides to the state in its contractual dealing with private entities. Comparative public law professors and students will find great value in this exploration of the material sources of public contracts, an area that has heretofore received little attention in legal academia.

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Foundations of Public Contracts undertakes an in-depth survey of the foundations of public contracts in three legal systems: American, French, and Brazilian. The comparison of these three systems highlights the legal phenomenon's historical, philosophical, and social origins.

The book transcends the functional commonalities to penetrate into how American, French, and Brazilian lawyers think about the essence of government contracts law, the phenomenon of exceptionalism; preferential treatment that public procurement law provides to the state in its contractual dealing with private entities.

Comparative public law professors and students will find great value in this exploration of the material sources of public contracts, an area that has heretofore received little attention in legal academia.
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‘Comparative law requires knowledge of different national legal orders and to be successfully conducted depends also on historical knowledge. Comparisons should not be snapshots, but narratives. Giacomuzzi’s book is a remarkable and paradigmatic achievement in the field, both as a legal comparison and historical approach. Written with elegance and clarity, it deals with three different traditions in a field of great importance for lawyers and policy makers in our times.’
– José Reinaldo de Lima Lopes, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
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