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Private Power and Global Authority: Transnational Merchant Law in the Global Political Economy

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A. Claire CutlerUniversity of Victoria, British Columbia

ISBN13: 9780521533973
ISBN: 052153397X
Published: February 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99
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Transnational merchant law, which is mistakenly regarded in purely technical and apolitical terms, is a central mediator of domestic and global political/legal orders. By engaging with literature in international law, international relations and international political economy, the author develops the conceptual and theoretical foundations for analyzing the political significance of international economic law. In doing so, she illustrates the private nature of the interests that this evolving legal order has served over time. The book makes a sustained and comprehensive analysis of transnational merchant law and offers a radical critique of global capitalism.

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International Trade
1. Introduction
2. Conceptualizing the role of law in the global political economy
3. Theorizing the role of law in the global political economy
4. Medieval Lex Mercatoria
5. State-building: constituting the public sphere and disembedding the private sphere
6. The modern law merchant and the Mercatocracy
Conclusion: transnational merchant law and global authority: a crisis of legitimacy