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Yearly Roundup: What We Published in 2021


This year, like every year, the LPE Blog did our best to illuminate the role of law in the creation and maintenance of capitalism, and to brighten the path toward a genuinely responsive, egalitarian democracy. Before the ball drops, and we continue our interminable journey through the Greek alphabet, here’s a look at the light we shed in 2021.


Most of our posts were organized into symposia:

A Liberal Theory of Property Symposium

Liberalism, Property, and the Means of Production– David Singh Grewal, Jedediah Britton-Purdy
Property’s Contingent Categorization– Nestor Davidson
Liberal Property Law vs. Capitalism– Katharina Pistor
Property, Collectivity, and Restraint– Rashmi Dyal-Chand
Property Without Autonomy– Lua Yuille
Creating Space for Property’s Foes– Ezra Rosser
Liberal Property for Skeptics, Part 1– Hanoch Dagan
Liberal Property for Skeptics, Part 2– Hanoch Dagan

Universal Basic Income Symposium

Considering and Critiquing Universal Basic Income: Introduction– Noah Zatz
UBI and Immigrants: Lessons from the Pandemic– Jennifer Gordon
Basic Income, Care, and Wages for Housework– Almaz Zelleke
Universal Basic Income, Racial Justice, Climate Justice– Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
Basic Income and the Freedom to Refuse– Noah Zatz
Leftist Benefits are In-Kind, Actually– Lydia Nicholson
Reconstructing the Algebra of Race and Rights– Raúl Carrillo

Political Economy, Political Technology Symposium

Ferment is Abroad: Techlash, Legal Institutions, and the Limits of Lawfulness– Salomé Viljoen
Algorithmic Imaginaries: The Political Limits of Legal and Computational Reasoning– Ben Green
Law, Metrics, and the Scholarly Economy– Jake Goldenfein
An Algorithmic Bon Marché? Platform Governance in Urban Spaces– Jason Jackson

The Free Market Family Symposium

What is the “Free Market Family” and How Can We End It?– Maxine Eichner
Universalism and Anti-Racism in Family Support– Wendy Bach
Free Meals, “Free Markets”, and Infrastructure for Democracy– Martha McCluskey
Family Choice and the American Dream– Julie Suk

Law and Settler Colonialism in Palestine Symposium

Legitimated Vigilantism as Settler Colonial Policy– George Bisharat
On Law and Racial Capitalism in Palestine– Darryl Li
Tax Breaks for Colonization?– Diala Shamas
System(s) of Domination: Historic Palestine as a Deeply Divided Space– Fady Khoury
Jewishness as Property under Israeli Law– Rabea Eghbariah

The Neoliberal Republic Symposium

The Neoliberal Republic: Corporate Lawyers, Statecraft, and the Making of Public-Private France– Antoine Vauchez
Neoliberalism, Corporate law, and the Reconstruction of the French State– David M. Trubek
Deconstructing the Public-Private Distinction in “The Neoliberal Republic”– Ioannis Kampourakis
What Makes the Republic Neoliberal?– Ivana Isailović
Public-Washing the Private Interest in International Investment Law– Alessandra Arcuri

Courts & Capitalism Symposium

Market-Based Law Development– Kathryn A. Sabbeth
On Courts, Exchanges, and Rights– Matthew Dimick
Courts and Constitutional Political Economy– Joseph Fishkin
On Judging Cases in the Context of Crisis– Lynn Adelman

Bonds of Inequality Symposium

The Myth of Fair Share/Equal Share Bond Projects– Nic John Ramos
Public Money without Public Goods– David Stein
Histories of Hammers– Monica Prasad
The Bondholders’ Veto: Fiscal Federalism and Local Democracy– Brian Highsmith
Making Public Debt a Public Good– Abbye Atkinson
The Same System, the Same Results– Brittany Alston
Living in a Capitalist City With No Capital– Dedrick Asante‑Muhammad​
Using Legal Tools to Bring Debt and Equity into Balance– Stacy Seicshnaydre
Unmasking Racial Capitalism’s Public Face– John N. Robinson III
Municipal Debt: Illuminating Old Puzzles, Forcing New Questions– Joy Milligan
Metaphors, Analogies, and the Politics of Understanding– Destin Jenkins

Vulnerability Theory Symposium

Vulnerability Theory and the Political Economy of Resilience– Martha McCluskey, Hila Keren, Ronit Donyets-Kedar
Countering Neoliberal Logic with the Vulnerable Human Subject– Martha McCluskey
Resilience Drainage and the Role of Private Law– Hila Keren
Beyond Neoliberalism: Allocating Resilience through Corporate Law– Ronit Donyets-Kedar, Ofer Sitbon

Cost-Benefit Analysis Symposium

Cost-Benefit Analysis at a Crossroads: A Symposium on the Future of Quantitative Policy Evaluation– Frank Pasquale
Climate Change, Racial Justice, and Cost-Benefit Analysis– Lisa Heinzerling
Equity in Regulatory Cost-Benefit Analysis– Zachary Liscow
Let’s Politicize Cost-Benefit Analysis– Elizabeth Popp Berman
Modernizing Regulatory Review Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis– Melissa Luttrell, Jorge Roman-Romero
The Limits of the Cost-Benefit Worldview: A Disability-Informed Perspective– Karen Tani
A Post-Neoliberal Regulatory Analysis for a Post-Neoliberal World– James Goodwin
The “Value of a Statistical Life”: Reflections from the Pandemic– Mark Silverman
The Shaky Legal and Policy Foundations of Cost-Benefit Orthodoxy in Environmental Law– Amy Sinden

Biden’s Competition EO Symposium

Fair Competition Policy without a Fair Competition Philosophy– Sandeep Vaheesan
The Labor Justice System– Hiba Hafiz
Taking a “Whole-of-Government” Approach to Pharma’s Monopoly Power– Amy Kapczynski

JLPE Symposium

The Regulatory Roots of Inequality in the U.S.– Steven Vogel
The Road to Free-Market Family Policy– Maxine Eichner
Milton Friedman’s Favorite Economy: Hong Kong in the Neoliberal Imagination– Jamie Peck
LPE in Europe as Critique of Ordoliberalism– Ioannis Kampourakis
Labor Governance in the Shadow of Racialized Mass Incarceration– Noah Zatz
Economic Democracy at Work– Lenore Palladino
Economic Law: Anatomy and Crisis– Peer Zumbansen
What Do Franchisees Do? Vertical Restraints as Workplace Fissuring and Labor Discipline Devices– Brian Callaci
How Governments (and Others) Should Present Complicated Information– Darien Shanske

Historicizing the Attack on CRT Symposium

The Long History of Anti-CRT Politics– Aziz Rana
Educational “Ownership” and the Backlash to CRT– LaToya Baldwin Clark
Anti-CRT and a “Free Market” in Racial Education– Diana Reddy

Just Transitions Symposium

Building the New: Just Transitions & LPE– Angela P. Harris, Caroline Parker
The Contested Boundaries of Just Transitions LawDavid J. Doorey
A Just Transition from Mass Incarceration: The Case of Abolishing Youth Incarceration in Los AngelesSaúl Sarabia, Michael Z. Dean
REDD+ as the Stranger-King– Keith H. Hirokawa
Building Local Food Pathways: Food Sovereignty and Climate Justice– Antonia Eliason


But not all of our #content was organized into symposia. Here are our one-off posts, loosely organized by topic:

Market Governance

The Politics of Price Making: Why LPE Needs to Engage with Market Design– William Boyd
Markets: Collective Bargaining All the Way Down– Luke Herrine
Pricing Power: Market Governance and the Texas Blackouts– William Boyd
Paradoxes of Neoliberal Governance: How Markets Make States– Amy Cohen, Jason Jackson
Woke Capital?– James Fallows Tierney
Government Failures and Private Options– Jon D. Michaels
The Legacy of the Rural Electrification Act and the Promise of Rural Broadband– Christopher Ali


Don’t Trust the Antitrust Narrative on Farms– Nathan Rosenberg, Bryce Wilson Stucki
Antimonopoly Is About Democratizing the Food System (and the Rest of the Economy)– Claire Kelloway, Sandeep Vaheesan
School Segregation, Social Closure, and the Anti-Monopoly Analogy– Erika K. Wilson
Coalminers and Coordination Rights– Branden Adams


Constitutionalizing Property’s Priority over Farm Worker Organizing: The Threat of Cedar Point– Don Rhodes
Law and Organizing for Countervailing Power– Kate Andrias, Benjamin Sachs
The Law & Political Economy of Disability Accommodations– Shirley Lin
Labor Bargaining and the “Common Good”– Diana Reddy
Excerpt: Implications of Cedar Point Nursery– Nikolas Bowie, Veena Dubal, Amy Kapczynski, Corinne Blalock


What the UK Student Rent Strikes Reveal about Financialization– Kiana Boroumand
The Case for Making Rent Disappear– Sasha Plotnikova
Seven Reactions to the Eviction Moratorium Decision– Kapczynski, Bowie, Raghuveer, Jackson, Whitlow, Emerson, Ahmed


After the “Great Deplatforming”: Reconsidering the Shape of the First Amendment– Genevieve Lakier, Nelson Tebbe
Exit, Voice, and the First Amendment Treatment of Social Media– Robert Post
The Pitfalls of Platform Analogies in Reconsidering the Shape of the First Amendment– Ramya Krishnan
Towards a Media Democracy Agenda: The Lessons of C. Edwin Baker– Sanjay Jolly, Victor Pickard

Legal & Political Theory

Critiquing Legal Futurism and Imagining a Radical, Emancipatory Legal Liberalism– Robert Weber
Liberal Internationalist Wars, the American War Dead, and What Elites Say About Them– Cory Isaacs
Critical Political Economy Beyond the Production/Circulation Dichotomy– Ulysse Lojkine
Democracy against Proceduralism– Steven Klein
Law, Liberation, and Causal Inference– Lily Hu
Where is the Political Economy?– Angela P. Harris, Amy Kapczynski, Noah Zatz
When the Moral Economy Became a Political Economy– Emily Erikson
What Supply Chains Can Teach Us about Neoliberalism– Benjamin McKean

Political Economy of Care

Democratizing Health Systems to Advance Health Justice– Alicia Ely Yamin, Tara Boghosian
Democratizing Governance to Advance Health Justice and Economic Democracy– Ben Palmquist
How to Vaccinate the World, Part 1– Amy Kapczynski
How to Vaccinate the World, Part 2– Amy Kapczynski, Jishian Ravinthiran
Excerpt: How to Vaccinate the World– David Kessler, Fatima Hassan, James Krellenstein, Zain Rizvi


Data Governance for a Society of Equals– Salomé Viljoen
A General Defense of Information Fiduciaries– Andrew Tuch

Transnational LPE

Jumping Turnstiles: The Constitutional Convention in Chile– Claire Debucquois
Towards a Law and Political Economy Approach to the Global War on Terror– Zohra Ahmed
The European Green Deal: A Transformative Mirage?– Ivana Isailović

Legal Strategies

On Using Private Law to Shut Down Private Prisons– Sonya Levitova
TransUnion Is a Double-Edged Sword: Should the Legal Left Wield It?– Christopher Morten


Politics in, of, and through the Legal Academy: Akbar Interviews Matsuda, Part 1– Amna Akbar, Mari Matsuda
Politics in, of, and through the Legal Academy: Akbar Interviews Matsuda, Part 2– Amna Akbar, Mari Matsuda
Legal Education for the Climate Crisis: An Interview with Abby Reyes– Angela P. Harris, Abigail Reyes, Caroline Parker
Producing Subjects: Rethinking Productivity, Subjectivity, and Value Part 1– Susan Dianne Brophy, Anastasia Tataryn
Producing Subjects: Rethinking Productivity, Subjectivity, and Value Part 2– Susan Dianne Brophy, Anastasia Tataryn
Interlocking Crises: Q&A on Global Debt in a Post-COVID World with Odette Lienau, Part 1– Odette Lienau
Interlocking Crises: Q&A on Global Debt in a Post-COVID World with Odette Lienau, Part 1– Odette Lienau


Saving the best for last, we also wrote about ourselves: in addition to announcing a few mid-season trades, we traveled back in time to listen to the hits of yesteryear, while Sam & Caroline introduced a new class of law students to the wild world of LPE.

Transition Day – Luke Herrine
The 10 Most Read Posts of 2017-2018 – Editors
The 10 Most Read Posts of 2019 – Editors
The 10 Most Read Posts of 2020 – Editors
10 Hidden Gems from the Archives – Editors
Law and Political Economy: A (Very) Brief Field Guide for 1Ls – Sam Aber, Caroline Parker
LPE Field Guide: A Brief Reading List – Sam Aber, Caroline Parker


Tune back in tomorrow and Friday, when the editorial staff will highlight some of our favorites!