Collaborative Research Networks

CRN55  Law and Political Economy

Organizers

Jay Varellas, Maj Grasten

The Law and Political Economy CRN provides a forum for conversations between legal scholars, social scientists and others at the intersection of law and a variety of contemporary approaches to political economy from across the social sciences and humanities. The CRN focuses on encouraging the incorporation of a broader range of approaches to political economy into legal and sociolegal scholarship, while also facilitating a deeper engagement with legal rules, institutions and processes by scholars from other disciplines. In particular, the CRN aims to supplement and/or move beyond the “law and economics” paradigm through sustained engagement with a range of approaches to political economy from disciplines such as sociology, political science, anthropology, geography, history, literature and business studies, as well as contemporary work in economics. By focusing on political economy, the CRN highlights and explores how the deeper sociolegal context constitutes and continually shapes economic behavior and economic institutions. In addition, the CRN seeks to promote scholarship that places issues of justice, fairness, identity and sustainability at the forefront of discussions about law and political economy. Lastly, the CRN is interested in promoting work that is historical, comparative and/or transnational in orientation, as well as work that focuses on national and subnational legal systems and processes.

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