The Colloquium on Law, Economics, and Politics

Professors John Ferejohn and Lewis Kornhauser

Fall 2013
Tuesday, 4:00-5:50 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 202

2 credits

The course will investigate a wide variety of topics ranging from the foundations of rational choice theory (an inquiry important to the evaluation of the use of the theory in understanding law) to applications to questions of immediate interest. Economists and political scientists have used the theory to investigate a number of topics of central interest to the law such as (a) how the organization of Congress affects the nature and content of legislation enacted; (b) the relation between courts and Congress; (c) Congressional and judicial control of administrative agencies; (d) federalism; and (e) the structure of adjudication. 

Fall 2013 Schedule of Presenters

September 10

Dan Brinks (University of Texas, Austin, Government)
"New Courts for New Democracies: Reinventing Courts and Constitutions in Latin America Since 1975" (with Abby Blass, University of Texas, Austin, Government)

September 24

John Kastellec (Princeton University, Politics)
"Opinion Assignment and the Control of the Law on the US Courts of Appeals" (with Sean Farhang, University of California, Berkeley)

October 8

Deborah Beim (Yale University, Politics)
“Learning in the Judicial Hierarchy"

October 22

Scott Baker (Washington University at St. Louis, Law)
“Order with Some Law:  Combining Formal amd Informal Sanctions to Induce Cooperation” (with Albert Choi, University of Virginia School of Law)

November 5

Stefanie Lindquist (University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs)
“Judicial Activism in State Supreme Courts:  Institutional Design and Judicial Behavior"

November 19

Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago, Law and James Melton, University College, London)
“Innovation in Constitutional Rights”

December 3

Tom Clark (Emory University, Politics and Benjamin E. Lauderdale, London School of Economics)
"Who Controls Opinion Content?  Testing Theories of Authorship Using Case-Specific Preference Estimates for the US Supreme Court"




Benjamin E. Lauderdale, London School of Economics)

Colloquium questions: Máire Kimble at or 212-998-6179