A few of the adjectives that I use when describing Marc Galanter’s article published in 1974, entitled Why the ‘Haves’ Come Out Ahead: Speculations on the Limits of Legal Change, include seminal, blockbuster, canonical, game-changing, extraordinary, pivotal, and noteworthy. But do not take my word for it. Consider for a moment the article’s place in the history of legal scholarship. In 1996, an empirical study of the most-cited law review articles of all time revealed that Galanter’s article placed thirteenth (Shapiro 1996). The Social Science Citation Index has named the article ‘a citation classic’. Galanter’s article was included in the 2006 volume entitled The Canon of American Legal Thought (Kennedy and Fisher 2006). Notably, the introduction to that volume considered the article’s place in the development of American legal thought in the 20th century.
Talesh, Shauhin A, Why Marc Galanter’s ‘Haves’ Article is One of the Most Influential Pieces of Legal Scholarship Ever Written (2014). Why the Haves Come Out Ahead: The Classic Essay and New Observations, Marc Galanter, New Orleans, Louisiana, Quid Pro Books, 2014; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No 2015-35.