Diamond Ashiagbor and I began an Economic Sociology of Law reading group at SOAS in early 2011 which continues to run. It is an informal gathering of faculty and students from across disciplines and institutions who are interested in the idea of an economic sociology of law—that is, the use of sociological approaches (empirical, normative, analytical) to investigate relationships between legal and economic phenomena.
For forthcoming meetings and instructions on how to join, see the Reading Group webpage. A record of meetings held to summer 2013 is below.
11.06.13 Economic Anthropology
Pierre Bourdieu (2005) ‘The state and the construction of the market’ and Part II ‘Principles of an economic anthropology’ in The Social Structures of the Economy Polity, pp. 89-125 and 193-223.
06.03.13 Back to Marx
30.01.13 Legal realism
05.12.12 Performing the econo-legal
24.10.12 Informality: costs, benefits and human life
Hernando De Soto (1990) ‘The costs and importance of law’ in The Other Path: The invisible revolution in the Third World, Chapter 5.
30.05.12 Max Weber and ‘the’ law and development ‘movement’
C. Thomas (2006) ‘Max Weber, Talcott Parsons and the Sociology of Legal Reform: A Reassessment with Implications for Law and Development’ 15:2 Minnesota Journal of International Law‘ pp. 383-424
M. Weber (1925) ‘The economic system and the normative orders’ in Economy and SocietyM. Rheinstein ed. (1967) Max Weber on Law in Economy and Society. Translated by E. Shils and M. Rheinstein, pp 11-40.
02.05.12 Law and economy through the lens of ‘community’
21.03.12 Economics as if people mattered
E. F. Schumacher (1973) ‘Buddhist economics’in Small is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered Vintage Press: Chapter 4.
08.02.12 Legal reasoning in financial markets
Annelise Riles (2011) Collateral Knowledge: Legal reasoning in global financial markets. Chicago: Chicago University Press: Chapter 4 ‘Placeholders: Engaging the Hayekian Critique of Financial Regulation’; Chapter 5 ‘Virtual Transparency’.
14.12.11 Equality law: legal reasoning and organizational practice
02.11.11 Market governance in colonial India
Ritu Birla (2009) ‘Introduction’ and ‘Hedging bets: Speculation, gambling and market ethics 1890-1930’ in Stages of Capital: Law, culture and market governance in late colonial India Durham and London: Duke University Press pp. 1-32 and 143-98.
21.09.11 Delving deeper into Polanyi
20.07.11 Neoliberalism and law
R. A. Posner (1995) ‘Introduction: Pragmatism, economics, liberalism’ in Overcoming Law Harvard University Press, Chapter 1.
11.04.11 Polanyian versions of economic sociology of law
Sabine Frerichs (2011) ‘Re-embedding neo-liberal constitutionalism: A Polanyian case for the economic sociology of law’ in C. Joerges and J. Falke (2011) Karl Polanyi, Globalisation and the Potential of Law in Transnational Market Oxford: Hart.
23.02.11 The Case for an Economic Sociology of Law