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Master's Professional Reports Abstract



Contractual Sovereign Immunity in Texas: Policy Problems & ADR Solutions

This report analyzes Texas' unique approach to sovereign immunity in state contracting and identifies the hidden policy costs inherent in the state's retention of full contractual sovereign immunity. Stakeholder arguments and interests are examined along with the evolution of Texas' law and policy related to sovereign immunity. The report argues that sovereign immunity has prevented the state from reaping the full benefits of the Alternative Dispute Resolution reforms implemented by other states and by the federal government. Finally, the report makes recommendations based on Texans' previous ad hoc reform attempts at improving Texas' approach to sovereign immunity.

--Author's foreword.