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Statutory Default Rules

How to Interpret Unclear Legislation

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$81.00 • £64.95 • €73.00

ISBN 9780674024601

Publication Date: 02/28/2008


400 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

3 line illustrations


    • 1. Introduction and Overview
    • 2. Why Courts Should Maximize Enactable Preferences when Statutes Are Unclear
  • Part I. Current Preferences Default Rules
    • 3. The General Theory for Current Preferences Default Rules
    • 4. Inferring Current Preferences from Recent Legislative Action
    • 5. Inferring Current Preferences from Agency Action
  • Part II. Enactor Preferences Default Rules
    • 6. From Legislative Intent to Probabilistic Estimates of Enactable Preferences
    • 7. Moderation, Changed or Uncontemplated Circumstances, and a Theory of Meaning
  • Part III. Preference-Eliciting Default Rules
    • 8. Eliciting Legislative Preferences
    • 9. Canons Favoring the Politically Powerless
    • 10. Linguistic Canons of Statutory Construction
    • 11. Interpretations that May Create International Conflict
    • 12. Explaining Seeming Inconsistencies in Statutory Stare Decisis
  • Part IV. Supplemental Default Rules
    • 13. Tracking the Preferences of Political Subunits
    • 14. Tracking High Court Preferences
  • Part V. Objections
    • 15. The Fit with Prior Political Science Models and Empirical Data
    • 16. The Critiques of Politics by Interest Group Theory and Collective Choice Theory
    • 17. Alternative Default Rules that Protect Reliance or Avoid Change or Effect
    • 18. Rebutting Operational and Jurisprudential Objections
  • Notes
  • Index

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