Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Authoritarian liberalism: the conjuncture behind the crisis

Wilkinson, Michael (2018) Authoritarian liberalism: the conjuncture behind the crisis. LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Papers (5/2018). London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Law, London, UK.

[img]
Preview
Text - Published Version
Download (340kB) | Preview

Identification Number: 10.2139/ssrn.3137329

Abstract

Behind the constitutional crisis of the European Union lies the conjuncture of ‘authoritarian liberalism’, when politically authoritarian forms of governing emerge to protect the material order of economic liberalism. This constitutional conjuncture can be grasped by integrating into constitutional enquiry the material dynamic between democracy and capitalism, as recently theorised by Wolfgang Streeck. Authoritarian liberalism can then be explored across a much deeper and longer constitutional trajectory, from the interwar breakdown of liberal constitutionalism, to its post-war and post-Maastricht reconstruction, in each case represented by a de-democratisation of the economy. From this perspective, the recent assaults on democracy in the Euro-crisis appear to be a continuation of, rather than divergence from, the normal path of integration. Where this will end remains to be seen. Although authoritarian liberalism is increasingly accompanied by authoritarian illiberal responses, there has not yet been any definitive rupture, with the possible exception of Brexit.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/law/wps/index.htm
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 11:52
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 23:04
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87542

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics