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The erosion of rights by past breach

The erosion of rights by past breach Legal rights may erode as a result of past, uncontested, breach. In light of ongoing violations, the rightholder's lackluster enforcement may result in the loss of the entitlement. The doctrines of course of performance in contract law and adverse possession in property law are prominent examples of this widespread erosion phenomenon. In analyzing the effects of such laws, the article confronts two conflicting intuitions. On the one hand, the 'licence' to continue breach prospectively encourages opportunism. On the other hand, the risk of erosion may reinforce the rightholder's motivation to take antierosion measures, bolstering the credibility of the threat to enforce, thus better preserving the entitlement. The article proves that these two effects of erosion rules always balance out. The same amount of value will be extracted from the rightholder, irrespective of the law's erosion doctrine. The article also demonstrates the limits of this 'irrelevance' claim and the factors that may lead to its collapse. It applies the analysis to offer new perspectives on various prominent legal rules. Oxford University Press « Previous | Next Article » Table of Contents This Article Am Law Econ Rev (1999) 1 (1): 190-238. doi: 10.1093/aler/1.1.190 » Abstract Free Full Text (PDF) Free Classifications Article Services Article metrics Alert me when cited Alert me if corrected Find similar articles Similar articles in Web of Science Add to my archive Download citation Request Permissions Citing Articles Load citing article information Citing articles via CrossRef Citing articles via Scopus Citing articles via Web of Science Citing articles via Google Scholar Google Scholar Articles by Ben-Shahar, O. Search for related content Related Content K10 - General Load related web page information Share Email this article CiteULike Delicious Facebook Google+ Mendeley Twitter What's this? 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The erosion of rights by past breach

American Law and Economics Review , Volume 1 (1) – Jan 1, 1999

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Abstract

Legal rights may erode as a result of past, uncontested, breach. In light of ongoing violations, the rightholder's lackluster enforcement may result in the loss of the entitlement. The doctrines of course of performance in contract law and adverse possession in property law are prominent examples of this widespread erosion phenomenon. In analyzing the effects of such laws, the article confronts two conflicting intuitions. On the one hand, the 'licence' to continue breach prospectively encourages opportunism. On the other hand, the risk of erosion may reinforce the rightholder's motivation to take antierosion measures, bolstering the credibility of the threat to enforce, thus better preserving the entitlement. The article proves that these two effects of erosion rules always balance out. The same amount of value will be extracted from the rightholder, irrespective of the law's erosion doctrine. The article also demonstrates the limits of this 'irrelevance' claim and the factors that may lead to its collapse. It applies the analysis to offer new perspectives on various prominent legal rules. Oxford University Press « Previous | Next Article » Table of Contents This Article Am Law Econ Rev (1999) 1 (1): 190-238. doi: 10.1093/aler/1.1.190 » Abstract Free Full Text (PDF) Free Classifications Article Services Article metrics Alert me when cited Alert me if corrected Find similar articles Similar articles in Web of Science Add to my archive Download citation Request Permissions Citing Articles Load citing article information Citing articles via CrossRef Citing articles via Scopus Citing articles via Web of Science Citing articles via Google Scholar Google Scholar Articles by Ben-Shahar, O. Search for related content Related Content K10 - General Load related web page information Share Email this article CiteULike Delicious Facebook Google+ Mendeley Twitter What's this? Search this journal: Advanced » Current Issue Fall 2015 17 (2) Alert me to new issues The Journal About this journal Rights & Permissions Dispatch date of the next issue We are mobile – find out more Journals Career Network Published on behalf of The American Law and Economics Association Impact Factor: 0.735 5-Yr impact factor: 0.929 Editors-in-Chief Max Schanzenbach Northwestern University School of Law Abraham Wickelgren University of Texas at Austin View full editorial board For Authors Information for authors Author Self-Archiving Policy Submit now! Corporate Services Advertising sales Reprints Supplements Alerting Services Email table of contents Email Advance Access CiteTrack XML RSS feed Widget Get a widget var taxonomies = ("LAW00010", "SOC00720"); Most Most Read Crime and Expected Punishment: Changes in Perceptions at the Age of Criminal Majority Understanding the Democratic Transition in South Africa Does the "Community Prosecution" Strategy Reduce Crime? A Test of Chicago's Experience Prison Conditions and Recidivism Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use » View all Most Read articles Most Cited Prison Conditions, Capital Punishment, and Deterrence Does Capital Punishment Have a Deterrent Effect? New Evidence from Postmoratorium Panel Data Do Harsher Prison Conditions Reduce Recidivism? A Discontinuity-based Approach The Black-White Test Score Gap Through Third Grade Capitalizing on Segregation, Pretending Neutrality: College Admissions and the Texas Top 10% Law » View all Most Cited articles Disclaimer: Please note that abstracts for content published before 1996 were created through digital scanning and may therefore not exactly replicate the text of the original print issues. All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy, but the Publisher will not be held responsible for any remaining inaccuracies. If you require any further clarification, please contact our Customer Services Department. 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