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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

1 - There Is No (Legal) Alternative


The purpose of this chapter is to further explore the nature of ‘crisis’, and how the incorporation of an economic ideology as ‘solution’ to that crisis in the form of legally binding obligations restricts the ability to pursue alternative courses of action, creating tensions within society. Focusing upon economic doctrine as reflecting ideological positions, the authors consider the way in which the framing of events as ‘crises’, and thereby establishing them as threats to the current political and economic system, enables political actors to facilitate changes that may not otherwise be politically feasible. In particular, by responding to a crisis through the creation of laws that codify an ideologically guided economic doctrine, a temporary state of crisis creates a permanent legal set of obligations. By doing so, prevailing (if not altogether hegemonic) political actors are able to delegitimise alternatives to that economic doctrine as falling outside of the rule of law: there is no legal alternative but to follow that legal obligation.