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Hayek the Schmittian: contextualising Cristi's account of Hayek's decisionism in the age of global wealth inequality

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posted on 2015-10-13, 00:00 authored by Luca Siliquini-Cinelli
That capitalism, in all its variants, produces material inequality is beyond dispute.What is less clear, however, is not only whether Hayek’s ‘equality of opportunities’is immune to the inegalitarian trend, but also whether liberalism itself is the occultsource of this outcome. This paper delves into this by offering a post-nationalcontextualisation and partial critique of Renato Cristi’s 1984 and 1998scholarship on Hayek’s decisionism. The aim is to investigate the relationshipbetween liberal thought and wealth inequality in light of the global-order projectand crisis in democratic decision-making procedures. This will uncover a clearzone of interaction between Hayek’s notion of legal liberty and Schmitt’ssovereignty that was not spotted by Cristi and that will shed new light on thedehumanising and inegalitarian essence of the universalisation of liberalism andits notion of ‘civilised economy’.

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Journal

Griffith law review

Volume

24

Issue

4

Pagination

687 - 706

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, Eng

ISSN

1038-3441

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2015, Griffith University

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