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

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

by A. Claire Cutler
     
 

ISBN-10: 052153397X

ISBN-13: 9780521533973

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Claire Cutler's critical analysis of the role that international economic law plays in the creation and maintenance of global power relations examines the historical and contemporary evolution of merchant law. She concludes that private interests have governed global economic relations through practices that are little understood. Interdisciplinary in scope, this

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Claire Cutler's critical analysis of the role that international economic law plays in the creation and maintenance of global power relations examines the historical and contemporary evolution of merchant law. She concludes that private interests have governed global economic relations through practices that are little understood. Interdisciplinary in scope, this study draws upon international relations and law, international political economy and political and legal theories. It will be an important first step toward developing a critical understanding of the political foundations of transnational merchant law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521533973
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #90
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Acronyms and abbreviations
1Introduction1
2Conceptualizing the role of law in the global political economy16
3Theorizing the role of law in the global political economy60
4Medieval lex mercatoria108
5State-building: constituting the public sphere and disembedding the private sphere141
6The modern law merchant and the mercatocracy180
7Conclusion: Transnational merchant law and global authority: a crisis of legitimacy241
References263
Cases cited294
International treaties and United Nations documents295
Index298

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