2008-2009 Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism

Fall Semester 2008

September 15: Introductory Meeting
Robinson Basement Seminar Room

September 22: Reading Session 1: Adam Smith
Robinson Basement Seminar Room

Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Robert Heilbroner, ed., The Essential Adam Smith). Part I, Sec. I, Chapters I-V, 65-77; Part I, Sec. III, Chapters I-III, 78-88; Part III, Chapter III, 105-109; Part IV, Chapter I, 119-123.

Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (Robert Heilbroner, ed., The Essential Adam Smith)Book I: Introduction, 159-161; Chapter 1, 161-168; Chapter 7, 186-194; Chapter 8, 194-208; Chapter 10, 210-219; Book 2: Chapter 3, 234-243; Book 4: Chapter 2, 264-265; Book 5: Chapter 1, 290; 293-297; 302-307.

Emma Rothschild, Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 2001), 7-51.

Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom (New York, Anchor Books, 1999), 3-34.

October 6: Reading Session 2: Karl Marx
Robinson Basement Seminar Room
Karl Marx, Capital, Vol I, Part I, Chapter 1; Part VIII.

David Harvey, The Limits to Capital (Oxford: B.Blackwell, 1982), 1-35, 39-60, 75-97, 156-203.

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe (Princeton, N.J., Princeton Univ. Press, 2000), 27-71

October 27: Daniel Carpenter, Harvard University, Government
Robinson Lower Library

"The Ambiguous Emergence of American Pharmaceutical Regulation, 1948-1961"

Jeremy Greene, History of Science, Harvard University
Chris Miller, Harvard University

November 10: Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law School
Robinson Lower Library

"Markets, Courtrooms and Race: The Creation of the Black Lawyer in post-World War I America"

Background Reading:

Darlene Clark Hine, "Black Lawyers and the Twentieth-Century Struggle for Constitutional Change," in John Hope Franklin and Genna Rae McNeil, eds, African Americans and The Living Constitution, pages 33-56.

Mark Tushnet, Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and The Supreme Court, 1936-1961, pages 6-19.

Michael Klarman, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights, pages 162-67.

Daniel Wickberg, "What is the History of Sensibilities? On Cultural Histories, Old and New," American Historical Review, Vol. 112, No. 3
(June 2007), pages 661-84.


Andrew Jewett, History Department, Harvard University
Siodhbhra Parkin, Harvard University

November 24: Diego Lopez-Medina, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, Law
Robinson Lower Library

"The Legal Ideology of Early State Capitalism in Colombia, 1900-1930"

Background Reading:

Robert Sidney Smith, "The Wealth of Nations in Spain and Hispanic America, 1780-1830" in The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 65, No. 2, pp. 104-125.

Peter Evans and James E. Rauch, "Bureaucracy and Growth: A Cross-National Analysis of the Effects of 'Weberian' State Structures on Economic Growth" in the American Sociological Review, Vol. 64, No. 5 (Oct., 1999), pp. 748-765.


Morton Horwitz, Harvard Law School
Katie Palms, Harvard Law School

December 8: Robert Brenner, UCLA, Department of History
Robinson Lower Library

"What is Good For Goldman Sachs is Good For America: The Origins of the Current Crisis"

Background Reading:

Robert Brenner, The Economics of Global Turbulence, preface and afterward.

Robert Brenner, "New Boom or New Bubble? The Trajectory of the US Economy," New Left Review 25 Jan-Feb 2004.

Robert Brenner, "Towards the Precipice - Robert Brenner on the crisis in the US Economy," London Review of Books, Vol 25, Feb 6 2003


Scott Kurashige, History Department, University of Michigan
Ufuk Topkara, Harvard University

Spring Semester 2009

February 9, 2009: Peter Hudson, Department of African-American Studies, SUNY Buffalo

Lower Library, Robinson Hall

"Empire, Capital and The Credit Frontier: Winfield, Kansas, 1876 -- Santo Domingo, D.R., 1913"

Background Reading:

Cyrus Veeser, "Inventing Dollar Diplomacy: The Gilded Age Origins of the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine," Diplomatic History 27: 3 (June 2003)

Mary Speck. "Prosperity, Progress, and Wealth: Cuban Enterprise during the Early Republic, 1902-1927," Cuban Studies 36, 2005, pp. 50-86

David Scott, "Colonial Governmentality," Social Text 43 (Autumn, 1995), pp. 191-220

Vincent Brown, History Department, Harvard University
Kathryn Boodry, History Department, Harvard University

March 2, 2009: Uday Mehta, Amherst College, Department of Political Science

Basement seminar room, Robinson Hall

"Indian Constitutionalism: The Social and the Political Vision"

Background Reading:

David Scott, "Colonial Governmentality," Social Text 43 (Autumn, 1995), pp. 191-220

Michel Foucault, "Govenrmentality," in Graham Burchell, Colin Gordon and Peter Miller (eds) The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991, pp. 87-104.

Karl Marx, "On the Jewish Question," in R. Tucker, ed.The Marx-Engels Reader, New York: W.W. Norton, 1978, pp. 26-49.


Kerry Rittitch, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Sanjay Pinto, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Harvard University

April 6, 2009: Amy Dru Stanley, Department of History, University of Chicago

Lower Library, Robinson Hall

"The Badges of Woman's Slavery: Abolition and Inviolate Rights"

Background Reading:

Ira Berlin, "Who Freed the Slaves? Emancipation and Its Meaning,"
in David W. Blight and Brooks D. Simpson, eds., Union and Emancipation: Essays on Politics and Race in the Civil War Era, (Kent, Ohio, 1997), 105-21.

Civil Rights Cases, 109 U.S. 3 (1883) majority and dissent

Amy Dru Stanley, From Bondage to Contract, chapter 6 "The
Purchase of Women"

Carole Pateman, The Sexual Contract, chapter 5, "Wives,
Slaves, and Wage Slaves"

Akhil Amar, "Remember the Thirteenth," Constitutional
Commentary (Summer 1993)


John Stauffer, History of American Civilization, Harvard University
Liang Dong, Harvard Law School