Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
| Editors: Alain Marciano, Giovanni Battista Ramello

National Locus

  • Giuseppe EusepiEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_337


The idea of nation grew out of the ancient idea of law and subsequently evolved in the form of national states as territorial boundaries. The unitary national state turned what was an internal conflict between a statesman and a merchant into an external conflict among nation states. As the USA and the EU demonstrates, the concept of nation state as a public good is either ambiguous or tautological. In a more or less distant future, the national locus is apt to move from a territorial to a procedural dimension.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Law and Economics of Productive ActivitiesSapienza University of Rome, Faculty of EconomicsRomeItaly