Ganesh Sitaraman

Ganesh Sitaraman is a professor of law at Vanderbilt, co-founder of the Great Democracy Initiative, and author, most recently, of The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution

Recent Articles

Ten Theses on Political Economy and Foreign Policy

As the mainstream consensus on foreign affairs begins to erode, it's time to bring economics back into the discussion. 

The consensus in American foreign policy over the last 40 years is under increasing strain. Despite important disagreements, both neoconservatives and liberal internationalists supported an aggressive role for America abroad with respect to democracy promotion and economic liberalization. But between the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the global financial crash, and widening inequality, the consensus positions have become less and less viable. Foreign-policy analysts are now shifting their focus to the return of great-power politics, as countries like China and Russia flex their muscles. Both the old consensus positions and the new emphasis on the return of great-power politics suffer from not taking political economy seriously enough. A political-economy approach holds that economics and politics are inseparable. Politics structures the economy and is in turn shaped by economic relationships. Liberal internationalists and neoconservatives considered economics in their foreign policies,...

How to Regulate Tech Platforms

Their sheer market power destroys rivals and abuses data of users. 

This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . In recent years, a new consensus has emerged that something has to be done about tech platforms. The market power of giant platform companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google puts them in a position to undercut businesses that rely on the platform, to dominate and rig markets, and to vacuum up user data. It also means they have an outsized ability to influence government, particularly by hiring legions of lobbyists. In response, some critics have suggested they should be broken up; others that they should be regulated as if they are public utilities. But as even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged, the debate on whether to regulate is now over. The question is “How do you do it?” Commentators and experts have outlined a variety of proposals for regulating tech—ranging from a data tax to privacy rules—but there seem to be fewer ideas on how to...