LPE Originals

An Environmentalism for LPE: Jed Purdy’s This Land is Our Land

Law and political economy is on a roll. The Law & Political Economy Project is about to host its inaugural conference. The Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law has launched a journal dedicated to LPE scholarship. LPE student organizations at law schools across the country have sprouted. After two years, this…

LPE Originals

To Democratize Environmental Law, Let Ordinary People Decide

This post is part of our symposium on democratizing administrative law. You can find all the posts in the series here. Environmental law has never felt so undemocratic. On nearly every aspect of environmental protection, the federal government is disconnected from the desires of its citizens. Despite overwhelming public support for increased government action on…

LPE Originals

Torts: A Law and Political Economy CounterSyllabus

This syllabus is, in conjunction with the framing post on the Law & Political Economy Blog, a starting point for understanding the law and political economy approach to torts. The initial readings introduce both the law and economics perspective and the competing law and political economy perspective on tort. Subsequent portions of the syllabus use…

LPE Originals

Rules of Power & Wrongs: A Law & Political Economy Approach to Tort Law

The law and political economy perspective is defined by its focus on power, the ability to control and change things (especially people). From the vantage point of law and political economy, courts, markets, legislatures, and all other institutions can and must be assessed in terms of how they create and distribute power. Because power exists…