Blindspot

A BLOG ABOUT LAW, POLITICS, AND CULTURE
ABOUT MAX STEARNS

I have been teaching law for twenty-five years, first at George Mason Law School and now at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Although legal scholars view Constitutional Law and Law & Economics, my core areas, as unrelated, to me these fields are critically interwoven. Constitutional systems lay an essential foundation for market interactions with democratic institutions; economic theory proves vital in understanding the nature and evolution of constitutional structures and doctrines. My academic work relies upon neoclassical economic analysis (price theory), interest group theory, social choice theory, and game theory. I have used these to study wide-ranging constitutional doctrines and Supreme Court decision making rules. (A link to my professional website can be found here.) If there is an overriding theme to my scholarly work it is that each side of this traditional divide--Constitutional Law and Law & Economics--avoids the other at its peril, the academic equivalent of driving unaware of the blindspots.

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