Quod Omnes Tangit: Transnational Constitutions Without Democracy?

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Gunther Teubner

Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität

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Date Written: July 2018


Critics of global constitutionalism rightly point to a democratic deficit of transnational regimes. They base their critique on a time‐honoured principle of democracy: the identity of authors and affected people is the universal core of democracy. However, in its long winding history, the democratic principle had always been recontextualized. Such a recontextualization of democracy which requires generalization as well as respecification is needed again today under the conditions of transnationalization. As for generalization, the article's main thesis is: political representation, the traditional concept of democracy for the nation state, is replaced by self‐contestation, which needs to be firmly institutionalized in transnational regimes. As for respecification, the main thesis is: self‐contestation cannot be established in a one‐size‐fits‐all approach, but in multiple variations that reflect the extreme epistemic diversity among issue‐specific transnational regimes. The constitutional principle of ‘epistemic subsidiarity’ may open new perspectives for developing different procedures of self‐contestation for different regimes.

Suggested Citation

Teubner, Gunther, Quod Omnes Tangit: Transnational Constitutions Without Democracy? (July 2018). Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 45, pp. S5-S29, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3216819 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jols.12102

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