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Towards an Olympic World System

  • Benjamen GussenEmail author


The last four chapters illustrate why the city-region is the optimal scale for political organization. This chapter explains how these cities will create a new world system. As I have discussed in Chap.  9, today, the contiguous-and-non-perforated-state principle is being challenged by new conceptions of the state as well as its sovereignty. However, while there is an ongoing shift towards seeing the state as constituted on non-contiguous basis, using the analogy with the idea of a ‘polycentric’ legal order (implying a multiplicity of independent centers of decision-making), there is no extensive (economic) evaluation of the need for, or merit of, an analogous ‘polycentric’ constitutional order. Here the emphasis would be on maximizing constitutional options rather than deciding among constraints per se. Instead, the assumption is usually made that ‘there is a state or a commonwealth, without exploring the question of which domain [a scalar construct] this commonwealth or state should actually occupy, and in relation to what other public bodies.’


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