Costs of No Codes

  • James R. MaxeinerEmail author
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 32)


It is well known that the United States does not have a national civil code. This article shows what is less well known about the lack of codes in American law: it is not because Americans did not want codes. Throughout much of the nineteenth century they expected that they would have them. They made many attempts to adopt civil codes at the state level. Only when their attempts failed, did Americans turn to the well-known alternatives of uniform state laws and restatements of the law. These alternatives have proven disappointing. The United States is drowning in sea of uncoordinated laws. It pays a heavy price for the lack of a national civil code.


United States of America Lack of codes Alternatives of codes Restatements Uniform laws Privatization of America contract law Costs of no codes 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International and Comparative LawUniversity of Baltimore School of LawBaltimoreUSA

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