"A Classic at 25: Reflections on Galanter's "Haves" Article and Work It Inspired"

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Law and Society Review
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This piece comments on Galanter's article "Why the 'Haves' Come Out Ahead" and on articles in this symposium that extend Galanter's thesis or put it to an empirical test. It suggests, first, that none of this work goes very far in explaining why the "haves" do better than the "have nots" in social or even legal life; second, that it has yet to be shown that repeat playing is important to litigation; and third, that despite the passage of 25 years, it is still not clear that in litigation the "haves" come out ahead.

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