Hayek the Schmittian: Contextualising Cristi's Account of Hayek's Decisionism in the Age of Global Wealth Inequality

24(4) Griffith Law Review, 2015, DOI: org/10.1080/10383441.2015.1086968

Posted: 20 Oct 2015

Date Written: October 13, 2015

Abstract

That capitalism, in all its variants, produces material inequality is beyond dispute. What is less clear, however, is not only whether Hayek's ‘equality of opportunities’ is immune to the inegalitarian trend, but also whether liberalism itself is the occult source of this outcome. This paper delves into this by offering a post-national contextualisation and partial critique of Renato Cristi's 1984 and 1998 scholarship on Hayek's decisionism. The aim is to investigate the relationship between liberal thought and wealth inequality in light of the global-order project and crisis in democratic decision-making procedures. This will uncover a clear zone of interaction between Hayek's notion of legal liberty and Schmitt's sovereignty that was not spotted by Cristi and that will shed new light on the dehumanising and inegalitarian essence of the universalisation of liberalism and its notion of ‘civilised economy.’

Suggested Citation

Siliquini-Cinelli, Luca, Hayek the Schmittian: Contextualising Cristi's Account of Hayek's Decisionism in the Age of Global Wealth Inequality (October 13, 2015). 24(4) Griffith Law Review, 2015, DOI: org/10.1080/10383441.2015.1086968 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2676433

Luca Siliquini-Cinelli (Contact Author)

School of Law - University of Dundee ( email )

Dundee, Scotland DD1 4HN
United Kingdom

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