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
Taking Democracy Seriously in the Administrative State

Taking Democracy Seriously in the Administrative State

In a society as deeply divided as our own, it is fanciful to think that we will be able to deliberate our way to a consensus. To resolve the longstanding puzzle of the administrative state’s democratic legitimacy, we need to resist the neoliberal impulse to erase politics and, instead, design opportunities for genuine contestation.

Announcement: EAEPE-INET-APPEAL Summer School in Rome

Announcement: EAEPE-INET-APPEAL Summer School in Rome

EAEPE – INET – APPEAL SUMMER SCHOOL 4-8 July 2022 “LABOUR AND WELFARE IN THE POST COVID-19 ERA” University Roma Tre, Department of Economics. Via Silvio D’Amico 77, 00145 Rome, Italy  Local organisers: Pasquale Tridico and Sebastiano Fadda  Contact: [email protected]  Submission Deadline: 6 June 2022 The EAEPE – INET – APPEAL Summer School is open…


Weekly Roundup: May 13, 2022

A look at the power-building strategies adopted by the Black Panthers, the Gray Panthers, and the Young Lords. Plus, a CFP for LPE scholars, a podcast you won't want to miss, and the scourge of price-gouging.


The Young Lords: Building Power through Direct Action

Creative and strategic militancies interrupt the normal functioning of society, shift the terms of debate in public discourse, and expand the definition of the common good. Never has this been more evident than when the Young Lords barricaded themselves inside The First Spanish United Methodist Church in East Harlem.