The Political Economy of Law Enforcement

Online Workshop, October 7-9, 2020



At first sight social, political and economic order occurs within the confines of the law that applies equally to everybody. And yet, the probability that public authorities will apply coercion to bring about compliance with legal rules varies considerably across cases and circumstances. From different theoretical and disciplinary angles, a series of studies highlight the relevance of law enforcement as an under researched and under-theorized mechanism producing social, political or economic order. Analyzing the varied ways law enforcement mechanisms and institutions can be manipulated, and addressing the complexities of the state-society and legality−illegality interfaces, this emerging literature questions core assumptions in social science research such as our understanding of state capacity, the production of political stability, the role of corruption, state-making processes under conditions of illegality or the role of informal institutions for the capture of resources.
Workshop Program
This online workshop is the second event proposing an interdisciplinary dialogue on the political economy of law enforcement (please see here the website of the first workshop). Presenters focus on a variety of empirical concerns ranging from the non-enforcement of the law to state-making processes, with attention to the organizational, relational, political, and cultural dimensions of law enforcement across issue areas.





Matías Dewey
University of Sankt Gallen

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Lucas Ronconi
Centro de Investigacion y Accion Social (CIAS), Buenos Aires

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Cornelia Woll
Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Socieites (MaxPo), Paris

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