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Beyond legal relations : Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld’s influence on american institutionalism

  • Fiorito, Luca Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italia
  • Vatiero, Massimiliano Istituto di economia politica (IdEP), Facoltà di scienze economiche, Università della Svizzera italiana, Svizzera
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  • Journal of economic issues. - M.E. Sharpe Inc. - 2011, vol. 45, no. 1, p. 199-222
English This paper documents Hohfeld’s influence on interwar American institutionalism. We will mainly focus on three leading figures of the movement: John Rogers Commons, Robert Lee Hale, and John Maurice Clark. They regarded Hohfeld’s contribution on jural relations as a preliminary step toward the understanding of the adversarial nature of legal rights. Albeit with substantial differences in style, method and emphasis, Hohfeld’s schema provided a powerful analytical and rhetorical tool for their analysis.
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