One of the greatest threats to democracy is the idea that it is unassailable. Recent developments have indicated that we should not assume our political leaders and institutions will follow the practices and norms that help guarantee American democracy. Bright Line Watch is a project hosted at Yale University that involves partners at Dartmouth College and the University of Rochester — as well as a broader network of colleagues at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country — whose overarching goal is to use scholarly expertise to monitor democratic practices and call attention to threats to American democracy.
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for the Law and Political Economy Project at Yale Law School
Legal scholarship and practice have been central to neoliberalism’s success as both a conceptual paradigm and a political and economic practice. While neoliberalism is most commonly associated with economics and the social sciences — particularly among thinkers such as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman — it is through the co-opting of legal scholarship, doctrine, and practice that neoliberal concepts have had their most far-reaching effects. Law and Political Economy (LPE), an emerging approach in legal scholarship and pedagogy, is the defining response to neoliberalism in the current legal academy. The work funded through this grant has been focused on advancing this approach. Its objective is to develop LPE into a wide-ranging shift that will change the way law is studied and taught, the public discussion of legal and political institutions and power, and law’s role in policymaking and political mobilization.