A Utopia? Government Without Territorial Monopoly
We normally take it for granted that a government or state has its corresponding territory. This paper shows that government need not have a territorial monopoly. The paper advances a practical constitutional proposal, based on the notion that there are meaningful government units, whose major characteristic is not the territorial extension of government but its function. The proposal allows for the emergence of governmental organisations, called functional, overlapping, competing jurisdictions (FOCJs). Their territory is variable, and they do not have a territorial monopoly over it. Rather, they are in competition with each other. (JEL: H 11, H 4, H 5)
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Volume (Year): 157 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
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