Democracy & Its Crises

Jedediah Britton-Purdy Columbia Law School

It is common today to speak of a “crisis of democracy.” What do the rise of nationalism and populism, the renewal of socialism, and other recent developments reveal about twenty-first century democracy and its relationship to economic order, constitutionalism, and the rule of law? This course draws on political theory, political science, and legal scholarship…

Alternative Curriculum Syllabus

Harvard LPE Student Group Harvard Law School

Many of us came to law school interested in how the law can advance justice, only to find ourselves disoriented by a first-year curriculum seemingly uninterested in and often hostile to these questions. This syllabus is a suggestion of readings organized around the 1L Curriculum aimed to challenge various assumptions underlying the law. Instead of…

LPE in U.S. Legal Thought: Historical Movements & New Directions

Yale Law LPE Student Group Yale Law School

This syllabus was designed by Luke Herrine & Kate Redburn for the Yale Law LPE Student group. The purpose of this reading group is twofold: First, the group is intended to provide participants with a survey of major movements in 20th century American legal thought regarding the relationship between democracy, legal change and political economy,…

Market Structure, Private Power, & Consumer Welfare

Ted Janger & Sabeel Rahman Brooklyn Law School

Law facilitates and enforces private transactions, enforcing contracts, encouraging competition, requiring disclosure. How does law construct “market” and how do market dynamics influence law? How might law and public policy be reformed to address concerns like inequality and corporate power, while promoting values like economic dynamism, inclusion, and welfare? This seminar explores these themes by…

Corporate Governance, Democracy, and Economic Transformation

Jamee K. Moudud Sarah Lawrence College

Rival ideas about property rights and liberty are at the heart of the ways in which market economies are legally structured. However as Abraham Lincoln said: “We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing . . . The shepherd drives the wolf from the…

Introduction to Economic Theory and Policy

Jamee K. Moudud Sarah Lawrence College

This yearlong lecture will, broadly speaking, cover introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, including neoclassical, Post Keynesian, Marxian, feminist, and institutional political economy perspectives. The objective of the course is to enable you to understand the more “technical aspects” of economics (e.g. usage of supply/demand analysis within and outside neoclassical…

Sex Work Reading List

Lorelei Lee

Here are some really excellent online essays and articles all written by, or very much centering the voices of, people with lived experience trading sex.

Administrative Law

K. Sabeel Rahman Brooklyn Law School

This course provides an introduction to the nature and functioning of federal administrative agencies, and to the legal and policy issues that arise. The course covers such topics as: the Constitutional position and structure of administrative agencies; the Administrative Procedure Act and agency rulemaking and adjudication; judicial review of agency actions; access to judicial review.…

Law, Markets, Culture

Angela Harris & Emma Coleman Jordan UC Berkeley & Georgetown Law Center

This article describes a seminar titled ‘Law, Markets, and Culture’, which addressed the role of law in constructing economic relations and in portraying markets and economic relations as natural facts, distinct from the realms of politics and culture. The goal of the seminar was threefold: to get the students — and ultimately the next generation…

Legal Foundations of Capitalism

Luke Herrine (with Amy Kapczynski) Yale University

In the legal academy and elsewhere, the dominant way of thinking about the process of production, commerce, finance, and social provision more generally is the framework of neoclassical economics. So hegemonic is the orthodoxy that its models are commonly treated as the only way to think clearly about how these phenomena work. The notion that…