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The Contours of Constitutionalization

Grahame F. Thompson

in The Constitutionalization of the Global Corporate Sphere?

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199594832
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594832.003.0002
The Contours of Constitutionalization

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This chapter sets out the framework for the rest of the book. It details the characteristics of constitutionalization and its relationships to both a global context and that of the commercial world. It shows the links between the three key categories of constitutionalization, juridification, and citizenship as exemplified by major theoretical figures in these debates. Given constitutionalization is not a settled category, there are several disputed aspects to its characterization and several forms that it could take. These are analysed in turn. The chapter then proceeds to investigate why there is a move in many areas of international activity towards the resort to juridical methods of regulation and governance. What is particular about the current conjuncture that has encouraged this move? Here the broad transition from a period of embedded liberalism to one of advanced neo-liberalism is sketched in the context of international commercial relations, and the implications of this move pursued.

Keywords: constitutionalization; constitutionalism; juridicalization; citizenship; neo-liberalism; standards setting; globalization

Chapter.  14480 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Business

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