Towards a Constitutional Theory of Money: Opening Europe's Money up to Public Discourse

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Stefan Eich’s The Currency of Politics reconstructs and contextualizes the monetary understanding of some of the most renowned political thinkers in history. By contextualizing each author’s conceptualization (subjective perception) against their respective contemporary monetary frameworks (objective institutional dimension), Eich elaborates a narrative composed of cumulative layers leading to a double conclusion: that money is political at its core, and that current policies are actively de-politicizing money. These relevant findings are the point of departure of a reflection on the role that law, and constitutional theory in particular, must play in the configuration of Europe’s common currency to overcome some of the most acute difficulties the process of integration is currently experiencing. If the triad law, money and public discourse is supposed to articulate social life in the polity, European monetary integration has neutralized them by neglecting the relevance of one of their key features: civic reciprocity. Reactivating the three mechanisms of social integration requires an exercise of constitutional imagination able to integrate interdisciplinary knowledge about money within an institutional framework able to prevent the concentration of unlimited power in unaccountable institutions and to promote and fully exploit the democratic potential of money.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Law Open
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1025-1039
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2023
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal
EventThe Hard Currency of Politics?: A seminar around 'The Currency of Politics' by Stefan Eich -
Duration: 19 May 2022 → …

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • Constitutional law
  • Constitutional theory
  • Money
  • Public discourse
  • European integration

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