Relational contracts

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In recent years there has been growing interest in the concept of a relational contract which might be defined as a ‘contract that involves not merely an exchange, but also a relationship between the contracting parties’. The employment contract is now often categorised as relational in nature but it is less than clear whether that is sufficient to provide a deeper understanding of legal doctrine. In part this is because, at least in England, the case law has yet to tell us a great deal about what the judiciary mean by the concept.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Contract of Employment
EditorsMark Freedland, Alan Bogg, David Cabrelli, Hugh Collins, Nicola Countouris, A.C.L. Davies, Simon Deakin, Jeremias Prassl
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780198783169
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016


  • employment law
  • contract law
  • relational contracts

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