Debt S Dominion A History Of Bankruptcy Law In America

Author: David A. Skeel
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691116377
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Bankruptcy in America, in stark contrast to its status in most other countries, typically signifies not a debtor's last gasp but an opportunity to catch one's breath and recoup. Why has the nation's legal system evolved to allow both corporate and individual debtors greater control over their fate than imaginable elsewhere? Masterfully probing the political dynamics behind this question, David Skeel here provides the first complete account of the remarkable journey American bankruptcy law has taken from its beginnings in 1800, when Congress lifted the country's first bankruptcy code right out of English law, to the present day.


Skeel shows that the confluence of three forces that emerged over many years--an organized creditor lobby, pro-debtor ideological currents, and an increasingly powerful bankruptcy bar--explains the distinctive contours of American bankruptcy law. Their interplay, he argues in clear, inviting prose, has seen efforts to legislate bankruptcy become a compelling battle royale between bankers and lawyers--one in which the bankers recently seem to have gained the upper hand. Skeel demonstrates, for example, that a fiercely divided bankruptcy commission and the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress have yielded the recent, ideologically charged battles over consumer bankruptcy.


The uniqueness of American bankruptcy has often been noted, but it has never been explained. As different as twenty-first century America is from the horse-and-buggy era origins of our bankruptcy laws, Skeel shows that the same political factors continue to shape our unique response to financial distress.


Debt S Dominion

Author: David A. Skeel Jr.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400828503
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As different as twenty-first century America is from the horse-and-buggy era origins of our bankruptcy laws, Skeel shows that the same political factors continue to shape our unique response to financial distress.

The Engine Of Enterprise

Author: Rowena Olegario
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 067491550X
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Charles Jordan Tabb, “The History of the Bankruptcy Laws in the United States,”
American Bankruptcy Institute Law ... David Skeel, Debt's Dominion: A History of
Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001), pp.

Republic Of Debtors

Author: Bruce H Mann
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674040546
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By 1800, imprisonment for debt was under attack and insolvency was no longer seen as a moral failure, merely an economic setback. In Republic of Debtors, authorBruce H. Mann illuminates this crucial transformation in early American society.

Sovereign Debt

Author: Robert W. Kolb
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118017555
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He is also co-director of the Center for Contracts and Economic Organization at
the Columbia Law School. ... Icarus in the Boardroom: The Fundamental Flaws in
Corporate America and Where They Came From (Oxford, 2005), and Debt's
Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001), as well as "
Redesigning the International Lender of Last Resort” (Chicago Journal of
International ...

When States Go Broke

Author: Peter Conti-Brown
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107023173
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When States Go Broke discusses the ongoing fiscal crisis among the American states.

Icarus In The Boardroom

Author: David Skeel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195346596
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The Icaran failure of an ordinary entrepreneur isn't headline news. But put Icarus in the corporate boardroom and, as David Skeel vividly demonstrates, the ripple effects can be profound.

The Heritage Guide To The Constitution

Author: David F. Forte
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
ISBN: 1621573524
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elements of state law into the Code itself, such as in the treatment of a debtor's
property exemptions. ... L. Rev. 487 (1996) David A. Skeel, Jr., Debt's Dominion:
A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (2001) Charles Jordan Tabb ...

Across The Great Divide

Author: Martin Neil Baily
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
ISBN: 0817917861
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Kenneth E. Scott is the Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law and Business
Emeritus and a senior research fellow at the ... Press, 2005); Debt's Dominion: A
History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton University Press, 2001); and
numerous ...

Consumer Credit And The American Economy

Author: Thomas A. Durkin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199384967
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Chicago: National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. ... The
Effect of Bankruptcy Counseling on Future Creditworthiness: Evidence from a
Natural Experiment. ... Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America.

The Political Heart Of Criminal Procedure

Author: Michael Klarman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107019419
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This volume brings together twelve leading American criminal justice scholars whose own writings have been profoundly influenced by William Stuntz and his work.