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Lawless Capitalism: The Subprime Crisis and the Case for an Economic Rule of Law Hardcover – December 3, 2012

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"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. 

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (December 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814776493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814776490
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grantlegal on October 2, 2013
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Professor Ramirez has penned one of the most important books-Lawless Capitalism-that I've bought in the past two decades. When I initially purchased the book, and began to delve into the rich and straight-forward prose, accessible to all, I was enthralled, educated, and enlightened. In fact, I bought two (2) more copies and gave them to a couple of my closest friends. Years from now, scholars and commentators will look back and acknowledge the fact that Professor Ramirez's Lawless Capitalism provides perhaps one of the most cogent, thoughtful, thorough, and probing accounts of the 2008-2009 subprime financial crisis.

Professor Ramirez's main working assumption is very direct-that concentration of economic power in too few hands creates economic despotism. Lawless Capitalism brilliantly posits that power concentration by financial and economic elites, coupled with their ability to distort legal norms and regulations, all for the sake of profits, fueled the Great Recession and inflicted mass economic catastrophe upon the majority of American society. In a precise and surgical fashion, Professor Ramirez examines the bipartisan laws and regulations, passed or adopted since 1978, that have served to further entrench economic elites, and that ultimately have led to the undermining and corruption of American capitalism. Ultimately, Professor Ramirez posits that an economic rule of law, much like the US Constitution curbs political despotism, is needed to channel and curb the abuses of financial and economic elites in American society. Professor Ramirez advocates for a system whereby we have legal and regulatory infrastructures and norms that impose responsibility and accountability on financial elites.
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Steven Ramirez has tremendous insight into the financial problems facing our country and what caused them. He also has the data to back up what he writes. The solutions he offers provide hope for the future.
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Fantastic! Still reading. If you have the opportunity, buy it. Highly recommended. Steven Ramirez gives great insight into the Subprime Crisis.
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