Professor William Forbath contributes “Workers’ Rights and the Distributive Constitution” to Dissent

Professor William Forbath, Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law

Professor William Forbath wrote “Workers’ Rights and the Distributive Constitution,” which was published in the Spring issue of the journal Dissent.

“Progressives have forgotten how to think about the constitutional dimensions of economic life. Work, livelihood, and oppor­tunity; material security and insecurity; poverty and dependency; union organizing, collective bargaining, and workplace democracy: for generations of American reformers, the constitutional importance of these subjects was self-evident. Laissez-faire, unchecked corporate power, and the depri­vations and inequalities they bred were not just bad public policy—they were constitu­tional infirmities. Today, with the exception of employment discrimination, such concerns have vanished from progressives’ constitu­tional landscape.”

The balance of the article can be found here.