Economic Citizenship Rights as Barriers to Trade? Production-Related Local Justice and Business-Driven Globalisation

  • Richard Sturn


In this paper, I present arguments supporting “economic citizenship rights,” viz. “citizenship property” related to the sphere of production. It is shown that specific circumstances characterizing employment contracts may justify norms, institutional patterns, and legislation beyond classical liberal rights. The arguments hold good under rather parsimonious normative foundations and rely mainly on production-specific premises such as incomplete contracts. In particular, they hold good even if no social human rights beyond the classical liberal canon are invoked. The postulates implied by the kind of argument presented here include the following: [1] The global market for corporate control as well as the competition between nation states for foreign direct investment ought to be regulated by a global framework of norms entailing certain minimum standards of “citizenship property” and [2] A global framework should avoid favouring a set of such norms linked to a particular tradition of corporate and political governance.


Labour Market Corporate Social Responsibility Foreign Direct Investment World Trade Organisation Private Sphere 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Public EconomicsKarl-Franzens-Universität GrazGrazAustria

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