Defining a Field: GW & Political Law

Traditional "election law" or "the law of democracy" concentrated largely on constitutional analysis by judicial actors. The narrow focus, however, distorted scholars' understanding of the problems confronting democracy and possible solutions. In the Foreword to the GW Symposium on Political Law published in The George Washington University Law Review, Professor Spencer Overton proposes that the field should be understood more properly as "political law," which includes the study of the activities of not only judges but also policymakers, regulators, and practitioners. He examines the concept of "political law community"—a concentration of scholars, judges, policymakers, regulators, and practitioners interested in the subject that can give rise to innovation and creativity. Finally, the Foreword reviews the George Washington University Law School’s Political Law Symposium, which brought together a diverse group in an attempt both to advance political law as a field and to build political law community.

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