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Constitutions of Value
Law, Governance, and Political Ecology

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ISBN 9781032118659
January 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
368 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Gathering an interdisciplinary range of cutting-edge scholars, this book addresses legal constitutions of value.

Global value production and transnational value practices that rely on exploitation and extraction have left us with toxic commons and a damaged planet. Against this situation, the book examines law’s fundamental role in institutions of value production and valuation. Utilising pathbreaking theoretical approaches, it problematizes mainstream efforts to redeem institutions of value production by recoupling them with progressive values. Aiming beyond radical critique, the book opens up the possibility of imagining and enacting new and different value practices.

This wide-ranging and accessible book will appeal to international lawyers, socio-legal scholars, those working at the intersections of law and economy and others, in politics, economics, environmental studies and elsewhere, who are concerned with rethinking our current ideas of what has value, what does not, and whether and how value may be revalued.

Table of Contents

1. Constitutions of Value: An Introduction to the Symposium

Isabel Feichtner and Geoff Gordon

2. The Constitution of Non-Monetary Surplus Values

Gunther Teubner

3. Against Value(s): Marx, Wertkritik and the Illusions of State, Politics and Law

Klaus Kempter

4. Real (E)State: Valuing a Nation under Imperial Rentier Capitalism

Christine Schwöbel-Patel

5. Paris is Burning: A Cautionary Tale About the Politics of Value

Clair Quentin

6. Capitalism, the Constitutional Theory of the Firm, and Value Production: Investment and Labor Market Precarity

Jamee K. Moudud

7. The Key to Value: The Debate over Commensurability in Neoclassical and Credit Approaches to Money

Christine Desan

8. States, Markets, and Transnational Law: A Re-evaluation of the Legal ‘Constitution’ of Money

Anna Chadwick

9. Financial Value, Anthropological Critique, and the Operations of the Law

Fabian Muniesa

10. Critique of Valuation in the Calculation of Damages in ISDS: Between Law, Finance and Politics

Toni Marzal

11. On the Value of Rights

Florian Hoffmann

12. Value as Potentiality: Blockchain and the Age of Institutional Challenges

Outi Korhonen and Juho Rantala

13. The Contemporary Values of Operadiction Regimes

Dimitri Van Den Meerssche and Geoff Gordon

14. Legally Constituting the Value of Nature: the Green Economy and Stranded Assets

Julia Dehm

15. The Market as a ‘Rigged Game’: Theories of Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Their Implications for Value, Price, and Measures of Real Wealth

Oliver Schlaudt

16. Value in the Emotional Register

Jessie Hohmann

17. Value Talk in Legal Academia

John D. Haskell

18. A Vague Reflection on Value, or, the (Im)possibility of Radical Imagination

Sofia Stolk

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Isabel Feichtner is Professor at the University of Würzburg, Germany.

Geoff Gordon is Senior Researcher at the Asser Institute, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.