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Rachel S. Turner

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632688

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632688.001.0001

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The Constitution: Government and the rule of law

The Constitution: Government and the rule of law

(p.167) Chapter 7 The Constitution: Government and the rule of law
Neo-Liberal Ideology

Rachel S. Turner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at the constitution and the rule of law. It sees the constitution as a fundamental concept for neo-liberalism, one through which the powers of government may be curtailed. The chapter explores national forms of constitutionalism, and identifies the different models of constitutional government that neo-liberalism draws upon to create its own ideal constitution. It sets out the neo-liberal ideal of a Rechtsstaat and the fundamental distinction between law and legislation. The chapter argues that the emphasis which neo-liberalism places on the constitution demonstrates that, far from being anti-political, neoliberalism is rather an ideology with a serious doctrine about politics and government at its heart.

Keywords:   neo-liberalism, constitutionalism, Rechtsstaat, politics, constitutional government

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