Rivalry and Superior Dispatch: An Analysis of Competing Courts in Medieval and Early Modern England

@article{Stringham2010RivalryAS,
  title={Rivalry and Superior Dispatch: An Analysis of Competing Courts in Medieval and Early Modern England},
  author={Edward Peter Stringham and Todd J. Zywicki},
  journal={Public Choice: Analysis of Collective Decision-Making eJournal},
  year={2010}
}
  • E. Stringham, Todd J. Zywicki
  • Published 5 November 2010
  • Law, History, Economics
  • Public Choice: Analysis of Collective Decision-Making eJournal
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