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III Factors, 31 Disabling Constitutional Capacity: Global Economic Law and Democratic Decline

David Schneiderman

From: Constitutional Democracy in Crisis?

Edited By: Mark A. Graber, Sanford Levinson, Mark Tushnet

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 March 2023

Citizens appear to be losing interest in democratic politics. Participation rates in democratic elections have been on the decline almost thirty years running. While numerous explanations can be offered for this malaise, one contributing factor might be the incapacity of citizens to direct national and local economic affairs. State ability to regulate over a variety of economic subjects has been diminished as a consequence of new global economic law. Trade rules enforced by the World Trade Organization, intellectual property rights guaranteed by TRIPs, and...
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