The Law of Political Economy as Transformative Law: A New Approach to the Concept and Function of Law

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    This article outlines a new approach to the law of political economy as a form of transformative law, a new approach that combines a focus on the function of law with a concept of law encapsulating the triangular dialectics between the form-giving prestation of law, the material substance the law is oriented against, and the transcendence of legal forms—that is, the rendering of compatibility between forms. Transformative law thereby serves as an alternative to both law and economics and recently emerging culturalist and neo-Marxist approaches. The timing of this publication is not coincidental. The era of neoliberalism—that is, of structural liberalism, which started in the 1970s and experienced its breakthrough in the 1980s and 1990s after the collapse of structural Marxism—is ending. This makes the question of what will succeed the neoliberal episteme pertinent.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number23669
    JournalGlobal Perspectives
    Issue number1
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Political economy
    • Function of law
    • Concept of law
    • Law of political economy
    • Transformative law

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