Over at Jotwell, Chris Robinette (Southwestern Law School) has published a book review of Tort Law and the Construction of Change: Studies in the Inevitability of History by Kenneth S. Abraham & G. Edward White. You can read it here.
Here is the conclusion: The tension between stability and progress is an inherent feature of the common law. Stability in the law provides guidance to people in living their lives and reassurance that there is more to law than the personal preferences of those administering it. If, however, the law never changes with society, it will become ill suited to meet people’s needs. We know law changes over time, but how does it do so without being destabilizing? Professors Kenneth Abraham and G. Edward White attempt to answer that question with regard to tort law in their latest book. They present an illuminating study of legal change grounded in compelling tort history.