David Westbrook

David Westbrook
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York | SUNY Buffalo · Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy

JD, BA

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Piketty´s best-seller book has brought distributional issues to the fore of economic debate. This is perhaps its main contribution. Piketty centers his analysis on inequality, which, under capitalism, goes hand in hand with economic growth, according to his analysis. In my critical review of the book (Beker, 2014) I asked whether reduction of inequ...
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One suspects that anthropology’s long preoccupation with magic has much to do with the widespread sense, famously articulated by Weber, that becoming modern involves disenchantment, literally losing the sense that life is magical. This chapter takes issue with that suspicion and suggests that magic itself is a shifting thing, strangely hard to lose...
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I. Introduction II. The Republican Equity Market of the Twentieth Century ... A. Law as Response to Marketplace Power in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries ... B. Corporation Law and the Threat to the Republic ... C. Securities Law, Disclosure, and Bureaucratization … D. Participation III. Private Equity Markets ... A. Introduction ....
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Much of US social reality is constructed through contractual rituals, typically thought to be words that create enforceable relations. Such relations are backed by the power of the state and are said to exist on some plane above the empirical. Politically, we speak of a social contract. Economically, contracts lie at the heart of markets, and thus...
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The 19th century legal historian Henry Maine famously defined progress, and by extension, liberal modernity, as the substitution of relations based on status (especially family and title), to relations based on contract, especially trade and employment. The article suggests that Maine's assertion, however comforting as a political matter, simply do...
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Two groups of problems that ought to be understood in relation to one another: economic trends in the North Atlantic societies, and the capacity to collectively thinking, discussing, and even decide on what to do about our economy. Part One argues that economic policy and economic life are not only intertwined, but compromise one another. Part Two...
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Modern agency law—the consensual agreement of one person to work for and under the control of another—has been widely used to provide a general framework for understanding a great deal of business law. Agency law concepts can be used to frame pedagogical, scholarly, institutional, and even political discourses. In so doing, modern agency law addres...
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In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a majority of the Supreme Court conceived the United States to be an oligarchy and ruled accordingly. What this decision might come to mean for political economy in the United States is explored through three interrelated responses to the decision. In the first, Citizens United is a turning point f...
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Former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan recently said that the risk management paradigm is broken; thus our understanding of financial regulation no longer makes sense. More generally, the recent financial crisis obliges us to rethink the relationships among "financial markets" and "governments."In Out of Crisis financial analyst David Westbroo...
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The Business Law and Narrative Symposium, held at Michigan State University on September 10-11, 2009, brought together nationally known legal scholars, and scholars from other disciplines, to discuss whether and how the institution of the corporation was embedded in social narratives, public stories. This introductory essay reviews the responses of...
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To those of us concerned with transnational law, and especially the role of German law on the global stage, it does not need saying that Professor Detlev Vagts is highly deserving of that Germanic and traditional scholarly honour, a Festchrift. (In this context, ‘does not need saying’ of course means ‘should be said repeatedly’.) We all owe Detlev...
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What follows is the foundational myth of the City of Gold. After World War Two, the mandarins of the victorious North Atlantic pow- ers founded the City by fostering the "economic" integration of "free" peoples (especially those defeated in battle) across national borders. Economic integration was intended to break the identity of geography, govern...
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As the image of anthropologists exploring exotic locales and filling in blanks on the map has faded, the idea that cultural anthropology has much to say about the contemporary world has likewise diminished. In an increasingly smaller world, how can anthropology help us to tackle the concerns of a global society? David A. Westbrook argues that the t...
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Militarized Islamic neofundamentalism is a modern and essentially violent ideology. As an ideology, it cannot be killed, but instead must be supplanted. The strategic objective of defeating the ideology is distinct from, and sometimes in conflict with, the tactical objective of combating terrorists. Managing this tension requires the war on terror...
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From the Forward written by Charles Lemert, Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University. David Westbrook's Between Citizen and State: An Introduction to the Corporation, with its eye-opening clarity, its verve and humor, and its overall brilliance will serve readers who desire, as one should, to understand the corporations. In a world in which tran...
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The GWOT/Global Jihad is different from prior conflicts (including the ideological struggle of the Cold War), and these differences have important strategic consequences which are not reflected in current US policy. First, US strategy has proceeded on traditional, and inapposite, understandings of the politics that informs this war. Second, radical...
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My idea is simple: much of the current tension between Muslims and non-Muslims, particularly but not exclusively in Europe, is formed by and around different ideas about the nature of human history. To discuss this simple, but perhaps somewhat elusive, idea, I want to use three things: a recently notorious text, and two caricatures, or what we migh...
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Economic globalization has produced a "City of Gold": a global, cosmopolitan polity constituted by markets, and where capital markets - not states - have become the dominant mode of governance. But there are troubling consequences from using markets as the primary political mechanism. Traditional politics have been undermined and an inadequate econ...
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Capital Management and increasing dollar volatility. Nevertheless, we believe those developments only highlight the need for effective supervision and that 'developed' financial systems cannot rest assured that they are immune to significant financial disruptions.
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Capital Management and increasing dollar volatility. Nevertheless, we believe those developments only highlight the need for effective supervision and that 'developed' financial systems cannot rest assured that they are immune to significant financial disruptions.
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A noted theorist of globalization offers a complete reconstruction of our national security institutions and strategies to better match today's realities. David A. Westbrook shows how "deploying ourselves" – as statesmen and – women, as citizens can better achieve U.S. national security.Westbrook explains why today's national security establishment...

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Examines effective concentration of ownership of US companies