Steil and Hinds on The Law

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15 Jul 2014

Benn Steil and Manuel Hinds on the law:

Dubious, however, is the popular notion that modern globalization is new in its challenging of timeless tenets of state sovereignty and authority. The constructivist methodology that law worthy of the name must be, and must have been, consciously designed to achieve specific ends, which emerged in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, has in our time come to dominate popular thinking, and has been bluntly confronted by the spontaneous “unauthorized” emergence of economic and social orders across national legal jurisdictions.

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