Accession Number : ADP003241

Title :   Relevant and Irrelevant Legal Structures: Distinguishing Private Sector from DoD Contracting,

Corporate Author : OAKLAND UNIV ROCHESTER MI DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : McCabe,E. J.

Report Date : APR 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Based on interview and observational data of contract formation and administration dealing with hardware and publications development by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, the social process of government contract law as an example of law in action is compared with the typical use of contracts between merchants in the private sector. While the formal law of contracts is, for the most part, irrelevant in normal business exchanges, the formal legal structure is found to be routinely relied upon in the case of government contracts. This unusual role of the formal law is explained by the absence of normal reciprocal relationships between contractors and the Government. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Military psychology, *Socialism, *Contract administration, *Industries, *Department of Defense, Social communication, Perception(Psychology), Government procurement, Contracts, Regulations, Policies, Structural analysis, Information exchange, Management information systems, Management planning and control, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE