Sectorial Constitutions in the Nation State

Gunther Teubner

in Constitutional Fragments

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644674
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738814 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

Sectorial Constitutions in the Nation State

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Constitutions of social sub-areas came to light not just with functional differentiation on a global scale, but which had already become virulent in the era of the nation state. It starts with liberal constitutionalism and discusses why the constitutional question was raised only in relation to the state and not to other sectors of society. Then it describes how totalitarian regimes dealt with different sectors of society. Against this background three models of societal constitutionalism in the welfare state are presented: (1) social state constitutionalism which attempts to politicize social sectors, (2) economic constitutionalism which insists on the autonomy oft he economic constitution and (3) neo-corporatist models of societal constitutionalism which develops constitutions of diverse social sectors which allow fort he coordination of different rationalities.

Keywords: constitutionalism; constitutionalization; sectorial constitutions; nation age; globalization; societal constitutions; liberal constitutionalism; totalitarian constitution; economic constitution; neocorporatist arrangement

Chapter.  10700 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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