“...a welcome addition to this scholarship. It presents the first systems-theoretical analysis of this topic.
One of the chief virtues of this book is that it avoids becoming entangled in the details of the regulatory responses in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Instead, the authors step back and attempt to shed light on the deeper problems that led to the latest financial turmoil and the challenges ahead. Another particularly admirable quality of this edited volume is that it challenges the common orthodoxy that sees the latest crisis as a failure of risk perception and management. The book convincingly demonstrates that the financial crisis of 2008 is a symptom of deeper structural transformations.
An interesting feature of this book is that it integrates a range of insights from the discipline of economics
...the volume is an exemplary case of scholarly work that demonstrates the explanatory power of systems theory. In short, this edited volume contains a host of sophisticated and insightful essays which are worth reading.” – Andromachi Georgosuli,
International Journal of Constitutional Law, Volume 10, No. 4
“...an excellent and varied analysis of the financial crisis from an original and much inexplored standpoint, tackling a widely covered (and unfortunately still extremely topical) issue from a totally new perspective. The book does so in a thorough and engaging way and one that benefits from significant sociological knowledge, becoming of interest to anyone wishing to understand more about theoretical and practical aspects of the constitutional dimension of the crisis which unfolded in 2008. It will be a valuable addition to the libraries of scholars, policy-makers, students and anyone interested in better understanding the financial crisis and the constitutional processes alike.” – Giorgio Tosetti Dardanelli,
European Journal of Risk Regulation, Volume 2
“If crisis is the key concern and pivot of the collection, the question of what constitutes a crisis, on what register, is the specific theme of a number of contributions of the book. The essays by Jean Clam and Dirk Baecker are demanding pieces of conceptual analysis,…Chris Thornhill's important contribution here … tracks the shifting articulation of political power in society from 'the State' to 'rights'…in relation to the meaning of crisis, for me the outstanding contribution is Hauke Brunkhorst's fine piece, in which he masterfully combines Luhmann, Habermas and Marx to develop an erudite analysis of the 'return of crisis'.” – Emilios Christodoulidis,
Jurisprudence, Volume 4, Number 2
“...sophisticated and insightful contributions...” – Cesare Pinelli,
European Constitutional Law Review