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Private Power and Global Authority


  • Page extent: 328 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.61 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 341.7/5
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: K1006 .C88 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Law merchant
    • International economic relations
    • International relations--Economic aspects

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521826600 | ISBN-10: 0521826608)

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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.


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; Bibliography.

Prize Winner

2005 Weller Prize by the British Columbia Political Studies Association for the Best Book by a B.C. Political Scientist in 2003 - 2004

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