Handbook on Global Constitutionalism
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Handbook on Global Constitutionalism

Edited by Anthony F. Lang and Antje Wiener

This Handbook introduces scholars and students to the history, philosophy, and evidence of global constitutionalism. Contributors provide their insights from law, politics, international relations, philosophy, and history, drawing on diverse frameworks and empirical data sets. Across them all, however, is a recognition that the international order cannot be understood without an understanding of constitutional theory. The Handbook will define this field of inquiry for the next generation by bringing together some of the leading contemporary scholars.
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Chapter 31: The political economy of global constitutionalism

Christine Schwöbel-Patel


This chapter draws attention to the political economy of global constitutionalism. The relationship between the market and the state, the global distribution of wealth, and the institutionalised prioritisation of market-related interests are raised as issues which concern global constitutionalism. The assumed division between the public and the private in constitutionalism is discussed as a means to silence important questions of political economy, particularly regarding its neoliberal and neocolonial features. To test this thesis, it is considered whether trade deals such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are symptomatic of a neoliberal and neocolonial global constitution.

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