LPE Blog

Who’s Afraid of Public Ownership?

Who’s Afraid of Public Ownership?

Despite growing interest in public ownership at the municipal and even national level, LPE scholars have expressed relatively little interest in the topic. This is a mistake: proposals for public ownership can unite the left by achieving multiple policy goals at once and provide an alternative vision of what society should look like.

Weekly Roundup: July 22, 2022

Weekly Roundup: July 22, 2022

An LPE account of the global food crisis, two new entries in our symposium on Coerced, an amazing LPE job at HLS, a symposium on William Novak’s New Democracy, and some podcast episodes to help digest the Supreme Court’s most recent term.

Status As Sword

Status As Sword

While employers have long conflated status with vulnerability, workers are starting to show how status itself can also be as a source of power — one that the courts, co-workers, and the public increasingly see as justification for broad-based change.

LPE and the Global Food Crisis

LPE and the Global Food Crisis

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, food prices are higher in real terms today than at any point since the early 1970s. Yet it is the underlying political economy of the global food system that has created the conditions where hundreds of millions of people don’t get enough to eat.

Weekly Roundup: July 15, 2022

Weekly Roundup: July 15, 2022

A new symposium on Erin Hatton’s Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment, some awkward moments in radical real estate law, and a CFP for the Effect of Dobbs on Work Law.

Labor Coercion and the Status/Economy Distinction

Labor Coercion and the Status/Economy Distinction

Employers wield power over workers by virtue of control over their institutional status and not solely, or even principally, by virtue of the power to cut off wages. Yet, in attempting to distinguish “status” and “economic” coercion, we must avoid the idea that status is implicitly non-economic and the economy operates apart from. . .

Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment

Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment

Economic coercion is not the only power dynamic that shapes labor relations. In a range of cases – including prison laborers, welfare workers, college athletes, and graduate students – employers exercise power over workers by controlling their “status” and all of the rights, privileges, and opportunities that such status confers.

Weekly Roundup: July 8, 2022

Weekly Roundup: July 8, 2022

A call for courage in the wake of West Virginia v. EPA, a reckoning with the arc of the American rights tradition, and a discussion of what it would take to build worker and union power in the 21st century economy. Plus, an upcoming all-star Antimonopoly event and a recently released state-level antimonopoly reform guide.