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APPEAL reading group:  
What is Capitalism? Session 11

Friday May 21st, 2pm, EDT
Eastern Daylight Time = UTC-4
 via Zoom

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Zoom link and readings will be emailed to those that register

As part of our ongoing “What is Capitalism?” reading group Professor Ruth Dukes will present her paper “The Economic Sociology of Labour Law” (published in 2019 in the Journal of Law and Society) on Friday May 21.  The event will be from 2-3:30pm EDT.  

Drawing on the work of Max Weber, this article considers the utility of an approach to the study of labour law, which it calls the economic sociology of labour law (ESLL). It identifies the contract for work as the key legal institution in the field, and the primary focus of scholarly analysis. Characterizing the act of contracting for work as an example of what Weber called economic social action oriented to the legal order, it proposes that Weber's notion of the labour constitution be used to map the context within which contracting for work takes place. And it argues that, in comparison to traditional socio-legal approaches, ESLL has the significant advantage of allowing for account to be taken of the individual and commercial, as well as the social and legal, elements of contracting for work.

Ruth Dukes is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Glasgow, UK, and principal investigator on the research project Work on Demand: Contracting for Work in a Changing Economy. She is the author of The Labour Constitution: the Enduring Idea of Labour Law (Oxford 2014), and, with Wolfgang Streeck, Democracy at Work: Contract, Status and Post-Industrial Justice (Polity forthcoming).

Please join us for the next session of the APPEAL reading group on the law and political economy of capitalism.  All are welcome, and participants need not attend each session, though we do ask participants to read the materials in advance.  We also encourage participants to join APPEAL by signing up as a member, . 

For more information, please email with Capitalism Reading Group in the subject line.  

We hope to "see" you on May 21st!