‘Here’s The Term You’ve Been Looking For: Social License’

Hillary Sale, Social License and Publicness (June 13, 2019), available at SSRN. Why can’t Facebook persuade senators to help the company get its new Libra cryptocurrency off the ground? Why is VW running strange apology ads with Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence and an allusion to light ahead? Many more questions could follow in this vein and the concept we’ve been looking for is an erosion of ‘social license’. Sometimes an article has an idea so sticky that once you read it, you see relevant examples everywhere. You have a better vocabulary to discuss a phenomenon that you have long observed and might otherwise have used many words to describe. Professor Hillary Sale’s new article Social License and Publicness achieves all of this and more … (more)

[Elizabeth Pollman, JOTWELL, 16 September]

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