This grant supports the design and launch a new program in American Political Economy (APE) at Yale University. APE — the analysis of the interplay of markets and government in the United States — is an increasingly vibrant domain of research and theorizing within political science, which the Hewlett Foundation has uniquely supported. An APE initiative at Yale would capitalize on the growing interest in the study of the American political economy to make Yale a leading institution fostering this fast-growing field and training the next generation of APE scholars. At the same time, it would provide a foundation for outreach to interested scholars at other universities, as well as to journalists, nonprofit groups, and policymakers beyond the academy.
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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.