Course Description

LAW 515 - The Entrepreneurial State

This seminar examines the increasing powerful theory and practice of "running government like a business."  We will consider local, state, and federal case studies in which government operates through businesses, according to business principles, and as if it were a for-profit (or at least revenue-generating) enterprise.  At times, such approaches lead to highly commercialized, commodified engagement with the public.  And, at other times, what we encounter is something that very much approximates socialism. We will on occasion investigate the practices of other nations, principally for purposes of enriching our domestic inquiry and illuminating transnational trends.    

Of particular interest will be the normative rationale for "running government like a business," the legal implications of such a turn toward the market, and the complexities and contradictions of a State that is perhaps best characterized as neoliberally socialist.  

Non-JD students may enroll only after obtaining the written permission of the instructor.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2016 - 2017

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Jon Michaels 14F 515 SEM 1 M 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 Yes Per instructor's discretion
Previous or concurrent coursework in Law 216 recommended.
Jon Michaels 15F 515 SEM 1 F 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM 3.0 Yes Per instructor's discretion
Administrative Law & Government Regulation - Financial Regulation; Administrative Law & Government Regulation - Public Health, Labor and Welfare; Administrative Law & Government Regulation - Economic and Consumer Regulation; Administrative Law & Government Regulation - Government, Homeland Security, Immigration and Law Enforcement; Constitutional Law, Government, and Public Policy; Environmental & Natural Resource Law; Health Care & The Law;