Colloquium on Law, Economics, and Politics

Professors John Ferejohn and Lewis Kornhauser
Fall 2021
LW.10582.001 2 Credits 
VH 208
Tuesday, 4:25 - 6:25 p.m.

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 2021 Schedule of Presenters

September 14
Charles Cameron, Princeton University
"New Politics, New Justices, New Policies: The Courts That Politics Made"

September 28
Noah Rosenblum, New York University School of Law, with Lev Menand, and Ash Ahmed, Academic Fellows, Columbia Law School
"The Tragedy of Presidential Administration." This paper is a work in progress - please contact Máire Kimble if you would like a copy of the paper emailed to you.  

October 12
Rick Hills, New York University School of Law
From Country Party to Federalism: The North American Gentry's Anti-Financier Case for Constitutionalizing Decentralization, 1694-1788.”

October 26
Delia Baldassarri, New York University, Sociology "Prosociality beyond in-group boundaries: A lab-in-the-field experiment on intergroup contact in a multiethnic European metropolis."

November 9
Jonathan Rodden, Stanford University, Political Science, Hoover Institution with Gary Cox, Stanford University, Political Science
Demonization as an Electoral Strategy.”

November 30
Wioletta Dziuda, University of Chicago, Harssi School of Public Policy
"Legislative Priorities and the Structure of Government or The Case for Divided Government (and the Filibuster)"

Colloquium questions? Email Máire Kimble at or 212.998.6179