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Selected Books by Lawrence E. Mitchell

Master of articulate and interesting writing, Lawrence Mitchell has published several books over the past twenty years on various topics. Listed below is a selection of his non-fiction, together with awards and honors.

  • THE SPECULATION ECONOMY: HOW FINANCE TRIUMPHED OVER INDUSTRY

(Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2007; paperback edition published 2008)

(Winner of the ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Medal for Best Book of 2007 in Business and Economics; the 2009 “IPPY” Silver Medal in Finance/Investment/Economics; Submitted by publisher for Pulitzer Prize)

Forthcoming translation in Mandarin, Oriental Press

When did the stock market become the driving force behind America’s economy? Why do the leaders of established businesses make decisions based solely on short-term returns instead of looking at the bigger picture? In one of his most critically acclaimed pieces, Lawrence tackles these questions and aims to find the answers, long buried in America’s past.

  • CORPORATE IRRESPONSIBILITY: AMERICA’S NEWEST EXPORT

(Yale University Press 2001; German edition by Random House/Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, 2002,

French edition by Editions Economica, 2003, Japanese edition by Reitaku University Press, 2005)

Submitted by publisher for Pulitzer Prize

Big corporations often are so blindsided by the need to make short-term profits to please stockholders that they abuse employees, consumers, politics, and even the sustainability of the corporation. And the law lets them. Join Mitchell in this provocative book that investigates the legal and economic roots of corporate irresponsibility, a topic that has been made so much more important by the United States Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United and Hobby Lobby.

  • STACKED DECK: A STORY OF SELFISHNESS IN AMERICA

(Temple University Press, 1998)

Submitted by publisher for Pulitzer Prize

Throughout our history, the American people have been taught that they can achieve whatever they set their mind to, even the most seemingly impossible of goals. Is this really true? Read what Mitchell has to say about American contemporary thought and politics and how unintended myopia has retarded the growth of our nation.

  • THE PANIC OF 2008: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND IMPLICATIONS

(Edited collection, including Introductory Essay, with Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.)

(Edward Elgar; 2010)

In this important anthology, Mitchell unites lawyers, economists, and other professionals to explain the global credit crisis and recent recession. The book investigates the crisis historically, delving deeply into the legal, economic, and financial facets, while engaging in a discussion regarding reform.

  • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

(Anthology; including Introductory Essay, Ashgate Press; 2009)

Following Mitchell’s previously published opinions on how corporations ought to be governed; this anthology manages to collect a great deal of his political thought in one volume. This book contains the two major points emphasized by   Mitchell: that an underlying theory of the corporation is necessary to resolve any difficult questions in corporate law, and that those difficult questions revolve around the tension between fiduciary obligation and contract principles that form the basis of corporate law.

  • PROGRESSIVE CORPORATE LAW

(Edited collection; Westview Press – New Perspectives on Law, Culture and Society, 1995)

This important volume gave its name to an entire recognized school of thought in corporate scholarship. In this book, Mitchell introduces his readers to different outlooks within the established field of Progressive Corporate Law. Those who have contributed to this text reject the prevailing arrangement of corporations as being solely for the benefit of stockholders and recognize them as having obligations to workers, consumers, and the broader society in which they function.