From the Mercantilist World to Market-Based Liberalism: Money as a Constitutional Medium
On Thursday, May 10, 2007, Christine Desan, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, delivered the Maurice and Muriel Fulton Lecture in Legal History. Professor Desan's title was "From the Mercantilist World to Market-Based Liberalism: Money as a Constitutional Medium." She described the talk as follows:
"Money, far from a neutral currency, is a medium that holds value because of the practices that support it. Those practices differently configure the political economies in which they operate. At the end of the early modern era, a large transformation occurred in the way the Anglo-American societies “made” money. The transformation tells us much about both the mercantilist world, and the modern market-based liberalism that followed it."
Interested? Listen to the talk here.