On the problem of scale: Spinozistic sovereignty as the logical foundation of constitutional economics

Gussen, Benjamen F. (2013) On the problem of scale: Spinozistic sovereignty as the logical foundation of constitutional economics. The Journal of Philosophical Economics, 7 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1843-2298

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Abstract

This paper argues that sovereignty, as envisaged by Spinoza, is the logical foundation of constitutional economics. Constitutional constructs such as sovereignty weave an evolutionary dialectic between different organizational scales (the local, national, and global). This dialectic continues to wreak havoc at the local scale, and can be interrupted only through explicit constitutional constraints on the size of jurisdictions. The paper argues for more emphasis on constitutional orders in the spirit of Spinoza’s understanding of sovereignty. This entails preference for federal polities in which sovereignty is shared between different cities rather states where once capital cities dominate.


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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2014 01:25
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 00:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: constitutional economics, sovereignty, Spinoza
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140199 Economic Theory not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25740

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