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Procedural Political Economy

Procedural Political Economy

Civil procedure is the infrastructure of democracy, allowing the public to interpret, elaborate, and entrench constitutional-regulatory commitments over time. Rather than sidelining courts entirely, a revival of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition should include a progressive vision of procedure.

Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Rights

Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Rights

“It is not true that the U.S. Constitution has little to say about our economic rights and liberties – let alone our material welfare. Instead, as Fishkin and Forbath argue convincingly, the Constitution has nourished a democracy-of-opportunity tradition that places our equal social rights front-and-center in constitutional practice and politics.”

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Weekly Roundup: April 22, 2022

Joseph Fishkin and Willy Forbath kick off a symposium on their new book, Aziz Rana probes the persistent historical link between domestic equality and US imperial power, and Luke Herrine reflects on price-gouging and the theory of the fair price.

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Weekly Roundup: April 15, 2022

The possibilities and limits of gig worker coordination under existing law, a legal regime where horizontal coordination is embraced as a social good, and the the misidentification of shareholding with investment. Plus, an LPE student group for the restless and hopeful and the hot new issue of SAQ.

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Weekly Roundup: April 8, 2022

Antitrust week at the blog: Sanjukta Paul lays out some of the key affirmative principles for a root & branch reconstruction, Sandeep Vaheesan explains how strong anti-merger policy would encourage corporations to grow by expanding production capacity, and Marshall Steinbaum makes the antitrust case against gig economy labor platforms.

The Antitrust Case Against Gig Economy Labor Platforms

The Antitrust Case Against Gig Economy Labor Platforms

In the fight to regulate the gig economy, unions, workers, and their allies have only fought half the battle: they have tried to defend the definition of employment against technology-enabled erosion. Antitrust prohibitions against vertical restraints, which prevent firms from exercising control in the absence of an employment relationship, offer a complementary. . .

Merger Policy for a Fair Economy

Merger Policy for a Fair Economy

Over the past four decades, a tidal wave of corporate mergers has resulted in industry concentration, higher prices, and reduced productive capacity. The U.S. wireless industry in the 2010s offers a case study of the public benefits of strong anti-merger law.

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Weekly Roundup: April 1, 2022

Why are Americans so unhappy about the economy? What could LPE could gain from paying greater attention to disability? When and where is the amazing Karl Klare being celebrated? The Weekly Roundup has you covered.