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Constitutionally Constrained and Safeguarded Competition in Markets and Politics with reference to a European Constitution

Constitutionally Constrained and Safeguarded Competition in Markets and Politics with reference... CONSTITUTIONALLY IN MARKETS AND POUTICS WITH REFERENCE TO A EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION* Viktor Vanberg^ 1. Introduction The collapse of communism and the demise of socialist central planning have refocused attention on the merits of market principles. Yet, inspite of the apparent general increase in appreciation for markets, it is not quite as obvious how widely the more fundamental and more subtle lessons have been learned that the history of the socialist experiment has to offer. These more fundamental and subtle lessons have to do, in my view, with our understanding of the role of as an organizing principle in human social affairs. In what follows, I want to develop some thoughts on the functions that can serve in social organization, not only in markets but also in the realm of politics. More specifically, I want to discuss this question in a constitutional dimension, as an issue that pertains to the groundrules of a socio-economic-political order. After developing the general argument, I shall elaborate on some of its implications for the constitutional choices involved in the process of European integration. My argument falls into three main parts. I shall, first, review some of the familiar arguments on the role of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines de Gruyter

Constitutionally Constrained and Safeguarded Competition in Markets and Politics with reference to a European Constitution

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Publisher
de Gruyter
Copyright
Copyright © 1993 by the
ISSN
2194-5799
eISSN
2153-1552
DOI
10.1515/jeeh-1993-0101
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Abstract

CONSTITUTIONALLY IN MARKETS AND POUTICS WITH REFERENCE TO A EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION* Viktor Vanberg^ 1. Introduction The collapse of communism and the demise of socialist central planning have refocused attention on the merits of market principles. Yet, inspite of the apparent general increase in appreciation for markets, it is not quite as obvious how widely the more fundamental and more subtle lessons have been learned that the history of the socialist experiment has to offer. These more fundamental and subtle lessons have to do, in my view, with our understanding of the role of as an organizing principle in human social affairs. In what follows, I want to develop some thoughts on the functions that can serve in social organization, not only in markets but also in the realm of politics. More specifically, I want to discuss this question in a constitutional dimension, as an issue that pertains to the groundrules of a socio-economic-political order. After developing the general argument, I shall elaborate on some of its implications for the constitutional choices involved in the process of European integration. My argument falls into three main parts. I shall, first, review some of the familiar arguments on the role of

Journal

Journal des Économistes et des Études Humainesde Gruyter

Published: Mar 1, 1993

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