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Constitutionalizing Economic Globalization: Investment Rules and Democracy's Promise

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ISBN13: 9780521692038
Published: March 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99



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Are foreign investors the privileged citizens of a new constitutional order that guarantees rates of return on investment interests? Schneiderman explores the linkages between a new investment rules regime and state constitutions – between a constitution-like regime for the protection of foreign investment and the constitutional projects of national states. The investment rules regime, as in classical accounts of constitutionalism, considers democratically authorized state action as inherently suspect.

Despite the myriad purposes served by constitutionalism, the investment rules regime aims solely to enforce limits, both inside and outside of national constitutional systems, beyond which citizen-driven politics will be disabled. Drawing on contemporary and historical case studies, the author argues that any transnational regime should encourage innovation, experimentation, and the capacity to imagine alternative futures for managing the relationship between politics and markets. These objectives have been best accomplished via democratic institutions operating at national, sub-national, and local levels.

  • Range of case studies show how states all over the world are expected to embrace investment rules disciplines promoted by powerful countries of the global North
  • Explains how the constitution-like rules of investment law assist in the processes associated with economic globalization, and suggests ways in which some of these processes may be resisted or reversed
  • Interdisciplinary approach allows for fuller understanding of the complex processes associated with economic globalization