Relational contracts

Brodie, Douglas; Freedland, Mark and Bogg, Alan and Cabrelli, David and Collins, Hugh and Countouris, Nicola and Davies, A.C.L. and Deakin, Simon and Prassl, Jeremias, eds. (2016) Relational contracts. In: The Contract of Employment. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198783169

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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.