Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America

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November 2003



"An extremely useful book. Its strength lies in its narrative of the past century and its description of the interplay of interest group politics."--Howard Rosenthal, Princeton University
"David Skeel has written an important book. "Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America" is an interesting and engaging account of bankruptcy law, and a worthy successor to Charles Warren's 1935 classic "Bankruptcy in United States History." Skeel's story is startlingly different from traditional accounts and shows how the forces that bring about legislative change are more subtle than commonly understood."--Douglas G. Baird, University of Chicago


INTRODUCTION 1 PART ONE: THE BIRTH OF U.S. INSOLVENCY LAW 21 CHAPTER ONE: The Path to Permanence in 1898 23 CHAPTER TWO: Railroad Receivership and the Elite Reorganization Bar 48 PART TWO: THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND NEW DEAL 71 CHAPTER THREE: Escaping the New Deal: The Bankruptcy Bar in the 1930s 73 CHAPTER FOUR: William Douglas and the Rise of the Securities and Exchange Commission 101 PART THREE: THE REVITALIZATION OF BANKRUPTCY 129 CHAPTER FIVE: Raising the Bar with the 1978 Bankruptcy Code 131 CHAPTER SIX: Repudiating the New Deal with Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code 160 PART FOUR: THE VIEW FROM THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 185 CHAPTER SEVEN: Credit Cards and the Return of Ideology n Consumer Bankruptcy 187 CHAPTER EIGHT: Bankruptcy as a Business Address: The Growth of Chapter 11: Practice and Theory 212 EPILOGUE: Globalization and U.S. Bankruptcy Law 238 NOTES 245 INDEX 273


David A. Skeel, Jr. is a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and has written widely on corporate and bankruptcy issues.


"A brilliant and comprehensive book... Told with a sound understanding of theory and law, and an eye for detail, Skeel's book is an instant classic--a comprehensive and intriguing history of bankruptcy law in America... [It] will serve as the definitive work on the history of bankruptcy law for bankruptcy experts as well as a comprehensive guide on the development of the modern American bankruptcy system for the interested generalist."--Todd J. Zywicki, Michigan Law Review "For anyone with a keen interest in following the unfolding of the Enron case (as well as the liquidations of scores of other corporations, large and small, that have gone bust in the past two or so years), perusing Debt's Dominion would be educational... An informative, useful history."--Shawn Zeller, National Journal "Those interested in bankruptcy law will now turn first to Debt's Dominion. David Skeel has produced an excellent history of bankruptcy law. While many question about the history of bankruptcy remain to be answered, the starting point for answering those questions has changed."--Bradley A. Hansen, EH.Net "David A. Skeel's surprisingly readable rummage through the philosophical, political and policy considerations that continue to swirl around bankruptcy ... is an expertly guided tour... First it offers a rare and insightful examination of how policy and politics interact in bankruptcy legislation; second, it provides an extraordinary look at the rise, fall, rise, fall ... of the bankruptcy bar, and the immense role it came to play in policy."--John Caher, New York Law Journal "David Skeel has written a new definitive source on the history of bankruptcy law in the United States. His work is a detailed and complete history of federal bankruptcy legislation and of the political debates and maneuvering that shaped those laws."--Lynne Pierson Doti, Enterprise & Society "Anyone seeking to understand both the evolving shape of bankruptcy law in America and its impacts on American legal, social, and economic trends would find Skeel's book a very useful starting place. Accessibly written and yet full of highly technical information, Debt's Dominion is one of the best books on bankruptcy currently available."--Charles L. Zelden, Journal of American History "David Skeel's work provides us with a valuable one-volume overview of the progression of American consumer and corporate bankruptcy law over the last century."--Thomas G. W. Telfer, Law and Politics Book Review
EAN: 9780691116372
ISBN: 0691116377
Untertitel: Pbk. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2003
Seitenanzahl: 296 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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