Shauhin Talesh's Article Accepted for Publication in the Law & Society Review
JSP graduate student Shauhin Talesh has received an acceptance from the Law & Society Review for his article, "The Privatization of Public Legal Rights: How Manufacturers Constructthe Meaning of Law"
Shauhin's article demonstrates how the content and meaning of California's
consumer protection laws were shaped by automobile manufacturers, the very
group these laws were designed to regulate. His analysis draws on and links
two literatures that examine the relationship between law and organizations
but often overlook one another: political science studies of how businesses
influence public legal institutions and neo-institutional sociology studies
of how organizations shape law within their organizational field. By
integrating these literatures, he develops an "institutional-political"
theory that demonstrates how organizations' construction of law and
compliance within an organizational field shapes the meaning of law among
legislators and judges.