War, law, political economy: thinking through forms

Tue, 19/09/2023 - 08:00
Tue, 19/09/2023 - 08:00

In the recent years, progressive lawyers have sought to bring considerations of class and political economy back to the centre of legal analysis. Coalescing around ClassCrits and, more recently, the Law and Political Economy movement, legal scholars have taken aim at the role of law in sustaining a profoundly unjust and unsustainable neoliberal political economy. This emerging body of literature highlights the (mal)distributive effects of facially neutral laws and the ways that law contributes to the constant remaking of class relations. The flip coin of this relationship, namely the effect of political economy on the existence, interpretation and application of law, is less examined, probably because of the distinctly Marxist flavour of this question.

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