Public Law and Finance: A History of Misunderstandings and a Discourse Theoretical Proposal

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Matthias Goldmann

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law; Goethe University Frankfurt - Research Center SAFE; Goethe University Frankfurt - Cluster of Excellence Normative Orders; Goethe University Frankfurt

Date Written: April 11, 2016

Abstract

This paper departs from the observation that many legal conflicts which emerged in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis are characterized by fault lines between the economic and the legal disciplines. These fault lines derive from two reasons which I describe as immanence and differentiation. Both are deeply rooted in the self-understanding of the economic and legal disciplines. In the economic literature, a mechanical view of the law prevails that has little to do with the self-understanding prevalent in the legal discipline. The legal discipline, in turn, is just as much to be blamed of immanence. However, the rationality of the legal discipline has become blurred, and there is great uncertainty how to deal with the rationalities of neighboring disciplines. As the idea of democratic capitalism relies on an autonomous law, this problem is of utmost urgency. The paper develops a discourse theoretical proposal that sees the rationality (or autonomy) of the law to reside in a specific kind of discourse. This understanding allows some hints as to how to integrate economic knowledge in legal decision-making. The paper then applies this understanding to the examples. This approach has certain repercussions for recent regulatory activities.

Keywords: Legal Theory, Political Economy, Financial Crisis, Democracy, Discourse, Interdisciplinarity, Fragmentation, Differentiation, Legal Autonomy

Suggested Citation

Goldmann, Matthias, Public Law and Finance: A History of Misunderstandings and a Discourse Theoretical Proposal (April 11, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865964 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2865964

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Goethe University Frankfurt - Cluster of Excellence Normative Orders ( email )

Germany

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Germany

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