Law & Political Economy

LPE project

The Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project brings together a network of scholars, practitioners, and students working to develop innovative intellectual, pedagogical, and political interventions to advance the study of political economy and law. Our work is rooted in the insight that politics and the economy cannot be separated and that both are constructed in essential respects by law. We believe that developments over the last several decades in legal scholarship and policy helped to facilitate rising inequality and precarity, political alienation, the entrenchment of racial hierarchies and intersectional exploitation, and ecological and social catastrophe. We aim to help reverse these trends by supporting scholarly work that maps where we have gone wrong, and that develops ideas and proposals to democratize our political economy and build a more just, equal, and sustainable future.
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A variety of resources designed to help faculty and students learn more about LPE, including syllabi from LPE and LPE-related courses, primers on topics such as neoliberalism and legal realism, as well as videos from a number of events we have held over the last year.

Go To Learn


A Speakers Bureau of LPE-affiliated professors and practitioners design to help faculty and students to bring LPE scholars to their campuses (even if virtually for now). Information about the amazing work being done by LPE student groups around the country, how to get in touch with them, as well as guidance on starting a student…

Go To Engage


A compendium of upcoming (and past) events put on by the LPE Project, LPE student groups, and other organizations in the LPE ecosystem.

Go To Events
Recent Updates
DSA Fund – How We Win: Local Worker Rights Campaigns

DSA Fund – How We Win: Local Worker Rights Campaigns

How We Win: Local Worker Rights Campaigns Wednesday, June 29 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 5pm PT RSVP here to attend! Join us for the second event in the DSA Fund’s series on How We Win, where we’ll get an inside look at worker rights campaigns in Portland, Maine; New…

How Civil Probation is Rewriting Eviction Law

How Civil Probation is Rewriting Eviction Law

When tenants head to eviction court, they often sign settlements that allow them to remain in their home so long as they abide by certain conditions. If they violate any of the conditions, they can be evicted through an expedited, alternative legal process, in which they have few procedural or substantive rights. This system of “civil probation,” overlooked in both public and scholarly debate, is effectively rewriting eviction law in favor of landlords.


Weekly Roundup: June 24, 2022

A critique of recents changes in the subsidized childcare market, a look at courtrooms where no one knows the law, and a case for de-collateralizing the housing market. Plus, jobs, events, and summer academies.


Collateral Cities

Under financialized capitalism, corporate investors value homes not solely or primarily for rental income, or even as assets that can be bought and sold—but rather because they serve as collateral. Three episodes of institutional change in housing markets underscore the importance of not only decommodifying land and housing, but decollateralizing it.