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The Twilight of Constitutionalism?$
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Petra Dobner and Martin Loughlin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585007

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585007.001.0001

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Fragmented Foundations

Fragmented Foundations

Societal Constitutionalism beyond the Nation State

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The Twilight of Constitutionalism?

Gunther Teubner

Oxford University Press

This chapter, beginning from the empirical observation that transnational private actors intensively regulate entire areas of life through their own private governance regimes, seeks to reposition the main constitutional question we face today. The critical questions are raised by asking how legal theory should react to these major trends of privatisation and globalisation: how can nation-state constitutionalism be redesigned in a way that might enable constitutionalism's achievements to cope with these developments? It argues that overcoming state-centrism and accepting the polycentric form of globalisation are two sides of the same coin, and they result in the need to accept that the world of nation-state constitutionalism finds a functional equivalent in the emerging production of a global societal law.

Keywords:   constitutionalism, nation-state, societal law, legal theory, privatization, globalization

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