6 votes

The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality

1 comment

  1. determinism
    Link
    I listened to this a few weeks ago and recall thinking the presentation was difficult to follow but the Q&A portion was pretty good.

    In this revealing book, Katharina Pistor argues that the law selectively “codes” certain assets, endowing them with the capacity to protect and produce private wealth. With the right legal coding, any object, claim, or idea can be turned into capital—and lawyers are the keepers of the code. Pistor describes how they pick and choose among different legal systems and legal devices for the ones that best serve their clients’ needs, and how techniques that were first perfected centuries ago to code landholdings as capital are being used today to code stocks, bonds, ideas, and even expectations—assets that exist only in law.

    I listened to this a few weeks ago and recall thinking the presentation was difficult to follow but the Q&A portion was pretty good.

    2 votes