Professor Charles Sabel

Charles F. Sabel

  • Maurice T. Moore Professor of Law

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1978
A.B., Harvard University, 1969

Areas of Specialty

Social Organization

Charles Sabel is a professor of law and social science at Columbia Law School. Previously he was Ford International Professor of Social Science at MIT. His undergraduate degree is in social studies, and his graduate degree is in government, both from Harvard University. Earlier work focused on the crisis of mass production and it­s implications for the regulation of markets and the macro economy. More recent work develops pragmatist ideas into a general conception of democratic experimentalism, with particular attention to regulation, the provision of complex social services and contracting under uncertainty. Current projects include the elaboration of experimentalist or incremental solutions to apparently global problems such as trade and climate change; an investigation of the current transformation of U.S. administrative law in the face of uncertainty; and new models of economic development emerging with the spread of advanced techniques of “industrial” production to all sectors of the economy in the context of globalization.



  • Experimentalist Strategies for Governing Global Climate Change with David Victor, under review by Princeton University Press. Forthcoming (2020).
  • Sabel, Charles F. “Preface.” In [English translation of Enrichissement: une critique de la marchandise], by Luc Boltanski and Arnaud Esquerre. Cambridge, UK: Polity. Forthcoming (2020).
  • Ghezzi, Piero and Charles F. Sabel. “Rethinking Informality.” Forthcoming. 
  • Rodrik, Dani and Charles F. Sabel. "Building a Good Jobs Economy." In Political Economy and Justice, edited by Danielle Allen, Yochai Benkler, and Rebecca Henderson. University of Chicago Press. Forthcoming 2020.
  • Sabel, Charles F. and Rory O’Donnell and Larry O’Connell. “Self Organization under Deliberate Direction: Irish Dairy and the Possibilities of a New Climate Change Regime.” Under review by Regulation and Governance, 2019.

Recent Publications, 2018–2019

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