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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.

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Information about the amazing work being done by LPE student groups, as well as guidance on starting a student group on your own campus! A bureau of affiliated professors and practitioners designed to help faculty and students to bring LPE scholars to their campuses!

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

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Recent Updates
Weekly Roundup: March 1, 2024

Weekly Roundup: March 1, 2024

Ganesh Sitaraman and Morgan Ricks on why tech platforms are the new common carriers; Suresh Naidu, Ilyana Kuziemko, and Nicolas Longuet Marx on why less educated voters have gravitated away from the Democratic Party; and Etienne Toussaint on why we need to embrace a new vision of constitutional citizenship. Plus, upcoming events with Lina Khan and Vincent Bevins, as well as new pieces by Jacob Hacker & Paul Pierson, Kate Yoon, Jocelyn Simonson and John Legend, Kate Andrias, Luke Messac & Astra Taylor, and Daniel Hanley & Sandeep Vaheesan.

Abolitionism as a Question of Citizenship

Abolitionism as a Question of Citizenship

The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments extended citizenship to formerly enslaved persons. But what did this status entail? In the subsequent political debates over abolition, one view carried the day: a contract and property-based notion of citizenship that fortified rather than unsettled antebellum era social relations. To realize the promise of Reconstruction today, we need a bolder vision of citizenship, one rooted not in marketplace imaginaries but in the elusive yet powerful concept of human dignity.


[POSTPONED] LPE NYC Night School: Race, Space, and Displacement in NYC

“Race, Space, and Displacement in NYC” is the fourth session of the New School’s LPE Night School. In a conversation facilitated by Tasleemah Tolu Lawal (NYU Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law), Jose Saldana (Release Aging People in Prison) and Shirley Lin (Brooklyn Law School) will discuss how institutions exploit race and racialization as part of a divide-and-conquer strategy against movements in New York.


The Political Effects of Neoliberalism

Why have less-educated Americans, long the base of the Democratic Party, flocked to Republicans in recent decades? New research shows that much of this change can be explained by the Democratic Party’s evolution on economic policy, as the party gradually moved away from its traditional emphasis on "predistribution policies" (favored by less-educated Americans), instead embracing redistributive tax-and-transfer policies (favored by more-educated Americans).