Monday, April 19, 2021

The Whiteness of Wealth

 Dorothy A. Brown, The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans -- and How We Can Fix It (Crown, 2021). 

In The Whiteness of Wealth, Brown draws on decades of cross-disciplinary research to show that tax law isn't as color-blind as she'd once believed. She takes us into her adopted city of Atlanta, introducing us to families across the economic spectrum whose stories demonstrate how American tax law rewards the preferences and practices of white people while pushing black people further behind. From attending college to getting married to buying a home, black Americans find themselves at a financial disadvantage compared to their white peers. The results are an ever-increasing wealth gap and more black families shut out of the American dream. 

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

U.S. Labor Law for the 21st Century

Richard Bales & Charlotte Garden, The Cambridge Handbook of U.S. Labor Law for the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Designed to appeal to those being introduced to the field as well as experts seeking new insights, this book demonstrates how federal labor law is fail
ing today's workers and disempowering unions; how union jobs pay better than nonunion jobs and help to increase the wages of even nonunion workers; and how, when union jobs vanish, the wage premium also vanishes. At the same time, the book offers a range of solutions from the radical, such as a complete overhaul of federal labor law, to the incremental, including reforms that could be undertaken by federal agencies on their own. 

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Patentability of Software

 Anton Hughes, The Patentability of Software: Software as Mathematics (Routledge, 2019). 

This book explores the question of whether software should be patented. It analyses the ways in which the courts of the US, the EU, and Australia have attempted to deal with the problems surrounding the patentability of software and describes why it is that the software patent issue should be dealt with as a patentable subject matter issue, rather than as an issue of novelty or non-obviousness. 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Big Tech & The Digital Economy

Nicolas Petit, Big Tech & The Digital Economy: The Moligopoly Scenario (Oxford University Press, 2020). 

Using economics, business, and management science as well legal reasoning, this book offers a new perspective on big tech. It builds a theory of "moligopoly." The theory advances that the tech giants, or at least some of them, coexist both as monopolies and oligopoly firms that compete against each other in an environment of deep uncertainty and economic dynamism. 

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A Collective Bargain

 Jane McAlevey, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy (Ecco, 2020). 

In A Collective Bargain, longtime labor organizer, environmental activist, and political campaigner Jane McAlevey makes the case that unions are one of the only institutions capable of taking effective action against today's super-rich corporate class. Since the 1930s, when unions flourished under New Deal protections, corporations have waged a stealthy and ruthless war against the labor movement. 

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