Rousseau's Radical Constitutionalism and Its Legacy
In: Dowdle, M. W. and Wilkinson, M. A. (eds.) Constitutionalism Beyond Liberalism. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107112759
41 Pages Posted: 24 May 2017
Date Written: May 22, 2017
This chapter offers a reconstruction of Rousseau's legal theory as an alternative to modern liberal constitutionalism. In particular, the chapter focuses on the political economy of Rousseau's constitutionalism: the constitutional function of private property and money are both addressed as key pillars of his constitutional doctrine. The chapter then briefly retrieves the traces of this radical aspect of Rousseau's constitutional doctrine in some Jacobin and Marxist authors.
Keywords: Rousseau; constitutional doctrine; private property
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