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Intervention or empowerment - Choosing the consumer law weapon!

Griggs, LD 2007 , 'Intervention or empowerment - Choosing the consumer law weapon!' , Competition & Consumer Law Journal: A Journal of Trade Practices Law, vol. 15, no. 1 , pp. 111-127 .

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Consumer law has not attracted the same level of analysis as competition
law. Given the increasing recognition and importance of consumer law, and
its separation from what once was called commercial or mercantile law, it is
appropriate that analysis continue on the framework for consumer research,
its connection to competition law and the values that underlie legislative
reform proposals. It will be shown that the transdisciplinary nature of
consumer law presents particular difficulties in developing an appropriate
model. At an embryonic stage, a proposal is outlined which seeks to bring
together the disparate strands and ensure that future reform work can be
judged against objective criteria. It is hoped that this will lead to future
development with an increasing number of variables placed into the
research equation. The conclusion will be made that ultimately the decision
is about whether to intervene (perhaps described as hard paternalism) or
simply to empower the consumer (soft paternalism).

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Griggs, LD
Journal or Publication Title: Competition & Consumer Law Journal: A Journal of Trade Practices Law
Publisher: LexisNexis
ISSN: 1039-5598
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