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Spring 2022 Course

Legal History: History of American Economic Regulation

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: One Day Take-Home

This course examines the history of capitalism in America, viewed through the lens of debates over regulation of economic activity. Beginning in the early days of the republic, it will examine the role of law in capitalist development, focusing on debates over the regulation of corporations, banking and the financial system, race and capitalism, competition policy, and administrative law, continuing through the regulatory reforms of the New Deal. It will then examine movements for deregulation, the roots of the financial crisis of 2007-08, and its aftermath up to the present day. The course will examine the social, institutional and intellectual history of economic regulation.

Note: This seminar is jointly-listed with FAS as History 2477.