Law and Political Economy
ACS believes that the law can and should be a force to improve the lives of all people.
Powerful interest groups, rent seekers, and the economically and politically dominant, however, have long had the opportunity to influence and shape laws in a way that entrenches their power. Law and Political Economy (LPE) recognizes the inextricable link between politics and the economic power. Even though many laws may appear neutral, they increase the power of those at the top of our economic system and disadvantage historically marginalized groups, including racial, religious, and sexual minorities, women, the working class, and the economically insecure.
LPE seeks to expose and dismantle the systems that concentrate too much economic and political power in too few hands, similar to other critical legal traditions including critical legal theory, critical race theory, and feminist legal theory. In collaboration with LPE thinkers, scholars, and activists, ACS is engaged in the fight over our nation’s political economy—the role of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, the extent and reach of redistribution, and the threat that concentrated private wealth and power pose to democracy.
Reviving Progressive Constitutional Political Economy Conference at Georgetown University Law Center
Stay tuned to this page for upcoming LPE events.