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Regulation of unmarried cohabitation in west-European jurisdictions: determinants of legal policy

Bradley, David (2001) Regulation of unmarried cohabitation in west-European jurisdictions: determinants of legal policy. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 15 (1). pp. 22-50. ISSN 1360-9939

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Identification Number: 10.1093/lawfam/15.1.22

Abstract

This article examines the development of statutory regulation of extra-marital cohabitation. It focuses on the private law status of heterosexual relationships in particular West-European countries, although links with same-sex partnerships and comparisons between common law jurisdictions necessitate somewhat broader treatment. The objective is to analyse determinants of legislation, rather than provide a comprehensive account of West-European cohabitation laws. Demographic trends, legal tradition and family ideology provide inadequate explanations for responses in this area. A comparison of the Dutch registered partnership model and French PACS establishes the influence of political culture on legislation and provides a basis for analysis of the future development of legal policy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://lawfam.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2001 Oxford University Press
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2008 16:51
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 08:59
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/7500

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