"In this thoughtful, well-constructed volume, Ramirez argues persuasively that the roots of contemporary economic crises are best understood as a failure of law. . . . Highly Recommended." -Choice Reviews Online (a pulication of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries).
"Thoughtful, well-constructed volume."-Choice
"Professor Steven Ramirez's Lawless Capitalism is a tour de force. The pages are virtually crackling with urgency and deeply considered alternatives to the wayward capitalism currently practiced in the United States. Ramirez, in his critical contribution to the ongoing debate in connection with free markets and governmental regulation, envisions a new and different kind of capitalism. Ramirez's capitalism respects individual potential and human capital, considers equality and fairness, and promotes the abilities of all people, rather than focusing on deeper entrenchment of the elite. Lawless Capitalism meticulously weaves the best thinking of dozens of economists, law professors, sociologists and philosophers into a new conceptualization of an economic rule of law, one that Ramirez fully develops, that offers a better economic way for our nation and the world. Lawless Capitalism is an important book, representing a powerful new voice that literally demands to be heard."
-Andre Douglas Pond Cummings,Indiana Tech Law School
"The main value of this book lies in the fact that it 'articulates a legal framework that comprehends the link between law and macroeconomic stability and growth.'"-BIZ INDIA
"Ramirez catalogues the many ills and failures in the American economic system, casting a broad net that implicates governing institutions, political and corporate elites, and their policy agendas. He provides a valuable contribution to discussions on reforming capitalism and restoring the foundations of middle class prosperity through a renewed commitment to transparency, economic democracy, and the rule of law."-Timothy A. Canova,Nova Southeastern University
"Capitalism and the profit motive can stimulate human productivity and innovation. But they can also lead to corruption, shady politics, and self-dealing. This brilliant book shows how intelligently designed laws and lawsuits can facilitate the former and discourage the latter. . . . Steven Ramirez is the new Andrew Hacker. He wields statistics, numbers, and concepts like a scalpel."-Richard Delgado,co-author of Critical Race Theory
“Unlike some articles on the crisis, Ramirez takes great pains to show that racism pervades out economy and political system, and that this fundamentally helped to create the financial meltdown. He begins with an examination of the untapped human potential, explains how the system is stacked against people of color, and reveals that people of color were the victims of the very subprime mortgages that elites bundled into securities and sold to unwitting investors around the world.”-Law Library Journal
About the Author
Steven A. Ramirez is Professor of Law at Loyola University of Chicago, where he also directs the Business and Corporate Governance Law Center.