Category Archives: Books

New Book: ” Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy”

From the Property Prof Blog: This just in from Lee Ann Fennell (Chicago): Cambridge University Press has just published Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy (Lee Anne Fennell & Benjamin J. Keys, eds. 2017).  All chapters are downloadable in PDF as well as viewable in HTML through the Open Access version. The impressive list of contributors include: William A. Fischel, David Schleicher, Richard A. Epstein, Ingrid Gould Ellen, Brian J. McCabe, Lior Jacob Strahilevitz, Georgette Chapman Phillips, Matthew Desmond, Stephanie M. Stern, Christopher Mayer, Ian Ayres, Gary Klein, Jeffrey West, Atif Mian, Amir Sufi, Patricia A. McCoy, Susan Wachter, Raphael W. Bostic, and Anthony W. Orlando.

Chapters of note for this blog include (available for free by clicking on the link and then the PDF icon):

3 – The Unassailable Case against Affordable Housing Mandates pp 64-84 By Richard A. Epstein

8 – Behavioral Leasing: Renter Equity as an Intermediate Housing Form pp 177-202 By Stephanie M. Stern

10 – The Rise and (Potential) Fall of Disparate Impact Lending Litigation pp 231-254 By Ian AyresGary KleinJeffrey West

13 – When the Invisible Hand Isn’t a Firm Hand: Disciplining Markets That Won’t Discipline Themselves pp 322-342 By Raphael W. BosticAnthony W. Orlando

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Forthcoming Book: “Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics”

Jamila Michener, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics, Cambridge University Press. Preface Below:

 

New Book: “Invisible Labor: Hidden Work in the Contemporary World”

ILaborNew Book: Invisible Labor: Hidden Work in the Contemporary World (Marion Crain, Winifred Poster, and Miriam Cherry eds., 2016). Overview below:

Across the world, workers labor without pay for the benefit of profitable businesses—and it’s legal. Labor trends like outsourcing and technology hide some workers, and branding and employer mandates erase others. Invisible workers who remain under-protected by wage laws include retail workers who function as walking billboards and take payment in clothing discounts or prestige; waitstaff at “breastaurants” who conform their bodies to a business model; and inventory stockers at grocery stores who go hungry to complete their shifts. Invisible Labor gathers essays by prominent sociologists and legal scholars to illuminate how and why such labor has been hidden from view.

New Book: “Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen”

SPimpareNew Book: Stephen Pimpare, Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen (2017).

New Jotwell Review: “Tracing the Roots of the Criminalization of Poverty”

New Jotwell Review: Wendy A. Bach, Tracing the Roots of the Criminalization of Poverty, Jotwell, Aug. 11, 2017 (reviewing Elizabeth Hinton, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (2016)).

New Book: “Wealth NOMOS LVIII”

New Book: Wealth NOMOS LVIII (Jack Knight and Melissa Schwartzberg eds. 2017).

New Book: “The Poverty of Privacy Rights”

KBNew Book: Khiara M. Bridges, The Poverty of Privacy Rights (Stanford Univ. Press, 2017). Overview below:

The Poverty of Privacy Rights makes a simple, controversial argument: Poor mothers in America have been deprived of the right to privacy.

The U.S. Constitution is supposed to bestow rights equally. Yet the poor are subject to invasions of privacy that can be perceived as gross demonstrations of governmental power without limits. Courts have routinely upheld the constitutionality of privacy invasions on the poor, and legal scholars typically understand marginalized populations to have “weak versions” of the privacy rights everyone else enjoys. Khiara M. Bridges investigates poor mothers’ experiences with the state—both when they receive public assistance and when they do not. Presenting a holistic view of just how the state intervenes in all facets of poor mothers’ privacy, Bridges shows how the Constitution has not been interpreted to bestow these women with family, informational, and reproductive privacy rights. Bridges seeks to turn popular thinking on its head: Poor mothers’ lack of privacy is not a function of their reliance on government assistance—rather it is a function of their not bearing any privacy rights in the first place. Until we disrupt the cultural narratives that equate poverty with immorality, poor mothers will continue to be denied this right.

The introduction is also available on SSRN here.

Book: “Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It”

Richard V. Reeves, Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It, (2017).

 

New Book: “White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America”

WWC BookNew Book: Joan C. Williams, White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America (2017).

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New Book: “Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future”

New Book: Thomas M. Shapiro, “Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future” (2017).