What’s in a Label?

Thanks, Renee, for inviting me to guest on this valuable new academic blog!  My stint starts with queries about temptations to label it.  I love the site description: a repository for multidisciplinary thought on “corporate law and democracy” and the influence of “corporations and corporate law on political and social structure.”  The posts so far are wonderfully varied, highlighting work by Professors Ahdeih, Bilder and Macey among others.

Yet, over at PropertyProf , Al Brophy welcomes Corporate Law and Democracy by noting how, along with BC’s Kent Greenfield, BC Law “has emerged as one of the leading schools for progressive corporate scholarship.”  At Professor Bainbridge , the eponymous blogger says that “the role of corporations in a democratic society is a vital question . . .  so I will be watching [Renee’s] blog with interest” and follows with a summary of his “critique of the strain of left communitarianism . . .  in corporate law scholarship.” 

Why these labels? Is this site “progressive” or “communitarian” (or “left communitarian”)?  Is federalism progressive?  Is democracy communitarian?  Is an “ownership society” left wing?  Is your humble guest blogger?  I don’t think so!  Labeling is a curious thing, and political labeling perhaps a sign of our “polarized times.”  What I see is an academic blog collecting ideas without political boundaries (and my guest posts will follow that spirit!).


One Response to What’s in a Label?

  1. […] Larry, I also noticed a slight disconnect between Professor Bainbridge’s mention of my blog and his […]

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