Sovereignty, Law, and Money: New Developments

Bruce G. Carruthers, Melike Arslan

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Money has remained closely connected to political sovereignty even as polities changed from empires and kingdoms to dictatorships and democracies, and as money shifted from coin to paper and now to digital currency. Money constitutes a claim on value in exchange and a store and measure of value, so we consider the role law plays in these three articulations between money and value. We examine research on different instances of legal control over official currency, monetary innovations, standards of monetary measurement and valuation, counterfeiting, terror financing, and money laundering to show how the relationship between money and law has evolved in response to changes in international law, national sovereignty, and global markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-538
Number of pages18
JournalAnnual Review of Law and Social Science
StatePublished - Oct 13 2019


  • Bitcoin
  • counterfeiting
  • legal tender
  • monetary standards
  • money laundering
  • valuation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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