PLSC 270 - Lecture 14 - The Political and Judicial Elements of American Capitalism

Lecture 14 - The Political and Judicial Elements of American Capitalism

Overview

Professor Rae uses the Merck-Vioxx business case to highlight political elements of U.S. capitalism, including government regulatory agencies, federalism, lobbying, regulatory capture, tort law and liability, and patent law. Professor Rae discusses the importance and influence of concentrated business interests in Washington DC. The Merck legal battles underline how important political and judicial details are in the operation of capitalism. The case also shows the constraints that reform-minded politicians face in attempting to change the status quo.

Assignment

Case: "Merck and Vioxx" Yale School of Management Case 08-016 (2008).

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