The essay proposes, in an historical perspective, an analysis of the role played by the contract in the economic system. The path is structured in three different periods, which are conventionally indicated with the following couples: contract/property, contract/undertaking and contract/antitrust. Coming to the current age, it is to be noted that, due to various factors, the notion of contract is now segmented in various dimensions and its regulation is mainly aimed to produce certain consequences on the relevant market(s). On the other side, the contract seems to have lost its role as instrument for the self-realization of the person. This approach may potentially put in prejudice the implementation of the ambitious project of social transformation set out in the Italian Constitution and recalls the scholars to their liabilities in this respect.
DIRITTO DEI CONTRATTI E DISCIPLINA DELL’ECONOMIA / Nervi, A.. - In: RIVISTA DEL DIRITTO COMMERCIALE E DEL DIRITTO GENERALE DELLE OBBLIGAZIONI. - ISSN 2532-9839. - 2023:3(2023), pp. 319-347.