Paper's abstract

Jean-François Niort, Law, Economy and Liberalism in the Spirit of the Napoleon Code
The writers of the Napoleon Code gave a considerable attention to the economical dimension of the legislation as can be seen in the preparatory papers, in particular concerning lending with interest, mortgage, property and trade relations. The spirit of the code may be seen as the summary of a permanent dialectic between, on the one hand the various philosophical, political and juridical principles to which its authors were more or less sensitive, and on the other hand economical and reason of State necessities. The very peculiar character of the liberalism of the Civil Code stems from this.

Key Words : economy, liberalism, code Napoléon
t. 37, 1992 : p. 101-119