The Social Question and the Transnational Constitutional Space

Global Constitutionalism (2022), 1–19

19 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2022

Date Written: March 31, 2022


Although markets are becoming increasingly transnationalized, the social question appears to remain firmly national. The aim of this article is to discuss under what circumstances, if at all, the social question ought to have a transnational dimension and what form it should take. As such, the article seeks to build a normative framework that abandons the conventional taxonomies of moral duties and instead links the concept of responsibility to governance, which takes place in the space of the polis through a reliance on questions of group agency. To this end, the article will draw on different aspects of responsibility. Having established a link between the social question and the concept of responsibility based on outcome and remedial responsibility, it will draw on collective and shared responsibility to consider what, if any, transnational dimension the social question should have

Keywords: transnationalism; responsibility; social question; moral duties; constitutionalism

Suggested Citation

Rieder, Clemens M, The Social Question and the Transnational Constitutional Space (March 31, 2022). Global Constitutionalism (2022), 1–19, Available at SSRN:

Clemens M Rieder (Contact Author)

Queen's University Belfast ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, BT7 1NN
United Kingdom


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