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Believe it or not, ideology is an important topic in the study of Contract Law. What constitutes an ideology?

An ideology is a set of opinions or beliefs of a group or an individual. Very often ideology refers to a set of political beliefs or a set of ideas that characterize a particular culture. Capitalism, communism, socialism, and Marxism are ideologies. (ideology – Dictionary Definition : Vocabulary.com, https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/ideology, last visited July 2018)

Political beliefs are intertwined with all laws, including Contract Laws.

What ideologies are involved in contract law and why those ideologies exist? Please discuss an example of this that you either find in researching the internet or one that you or a friend/ family member has experienced.

This is an example of how politics and idealogy influence contract law.

“A middle-aged widow buys a cheap promotional package of lessons at a dance studio. The studio hooks her on flattery and attention, then gets her to sign a contract for 4,000 hours of dance instruction. To break her contract, she will have to struggle to make a case that her situation is grotesquely exceptional-the result of serious fraud, and, even if she wins, she and her lawyers will have participated in and reinforced the law’s endorsement of “normal” marketplace relations as unproblematically voluntary, informed, noncoercive, and efficient.” (Robert W Gordon, Law and Ideology, date unknown)

The article that discusses the example above is attached to this forum. Please read the article to get a better understanding of this topic.

Your discussion should be based, at a minimum, upon the material presented in the textbook, your outside legal research from the Internet or elsewhere, the APUS on-line library, and your own experiences/ opinions.

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