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Article

Publication Date

5-1-1982

Abstract

Equity, that ancient and amiable dowager of Anglo-American law, often appears to have ambled through the twentieth century free of the stress and strains that have belabored the common law. A closer analysis of the practice and logic of equity in the modern statutory context, however, undercuts that appearance of immutability. The resulting recasting of equitable doctrines has important implications, not only for equity theory, but also for contemporary legal analysis of administrative law, the relationship between courts and legislatures, and modern pluralistic democracy.

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