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Weekly Roundup: October 16, 2020


At the blog

On Monday Nelson Tebbe outlined his argument that the First Amendment inevitably calls forth a political theory and that the politics it should promote should be democratic.

On Tuesday Sebastián Guidi and Nahuel Maisley argued that countries holding each other responsible for harms–including those arising from COVID–requires an account of global justice.

On Wednesday Shaun Ossei-Owusu and Jocelyn Simonson called for law school faculty to reconsider their role in reproducing the criminal legal system.

On Thursday Connie Razza recounted some work she’s being doing laying the foundation for organizing strategies that produce a positive feedback loop between policy, inside politics, and base building.

In LPE Land

Today is the big launch of the Journal of Law and Political Economy! Launch event at 5p ET. Come celebrate and learn more. Over the next two weeks, The Blog will be hosting a celebratory series featuring the authors of the articles in the first issue.

The Data and Democracy conference continues, co-sponsored with the Knight First Amendment Institute.

The NYU LPE group’s speaker series features Sabeel Rahman this week to talk about constitutional political economy. All are welcome!

Don’t forget to periodically check in on the “Learn” page on the Website. There are now new primers (on the Progressive Tradition, e.g.) and new videos!

Elsewhere on the internet

Caroline Parker

I finally got around to Leah Stokes’s book about state energy policy last week. It’s an incredibly comprehensive history of American energy institutions that is somehow overarching and weedsy at once. For me, her work is such mapping of the places and institutions where the action of transition take place–and the role of lawyers in giving new laws meaning what we want. If you want just a taste, the book has been widely reviewed (read/listen).

And in case you aren’t sick of Supreme Court content… Read Kate Aronoff SCOTUS on and climate policy and listen this recent episode of  The Dig on featuring LPE favorites Aziz Rana and Amna Akbar with Marbre Stahly-Butts from M4BL discussing court veneration and the relationship between movements and courts. If you too thought those photos of Ginsburg’s [white] law clerks were nightmarish, this one’s for you.

Luke Herrine

I’ve mostly been reading legal history and economic theory this week, but I did finally discover Rick Perlstein’s little series on multilevel marketing and its deep relationship to conservative ideology, basebuilding, and political influence. An incredibly rich and underexplored area!