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Apology and Thick Trust: What Spouse Abusers and Negligent Doctors Might Have in Common

dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Erin O'Hara, 1965-
dc.identifier.citation79 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 1055 (2004)en_US
dc.description.abstractAs apology advocates have previously emphasized, much of the civil litigation that clogs court dockets in America today could be avoided with a simple heartfelt apology. Although sometimes difficult to offer, these expressions of remorse are profoundly powerful and valuable for humans as social animals. Nevertheless, apologies can be problematic. This Article used evolutionary theory as a tool to explore the costs of apology in two areas-spouse abuse and medical malpractice-to suggest that excessive victim forgiveness can, in some contexts, cast doubt on the effectiveness of a purely private litigation system for creating appropriate behavioral incentives. It also explored ways in which regulatory measures and criminal law can help to alleviate the distortion that apologetic behavior can create.en_US
dc.format.extent1 document (37 pages)en_US
dc.publisherChicago-Kent Law Reviewen_US
dc.subject.lcshSpousal abuseen_US
dc.subject.lcshMedical personnel -- Malpracticeen_US
dc.subject.lcshFamily violence -- Law and legislationen_US
dc.titleApology and Thick Trust: What Spouse Abusers and Negligent Doctors Might Have in Commonen_US

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