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“Autonomía y descentralización en la construcción del Estado argentino (1860-1940). Por una historia política de los conceptos jurídico-administrativos”. En Quaderni fiorentini per la storia del pensiero giuridico moderno. Nro. 43, 2014, Firenze, pp. 251-292

Author(s): Casagrande, Augustin
Year of publication: 2014

Abstract: Taking a critical stance towards the uses of the words autonomy and autarchy in Altamira’s works in 1950 as a starting point, this essay focuses on the semantics that administrative law poured into these terms during the XX century and the problems and political implica- tions that this involved. Nevertheless, that methodological suggestion called for a deeper reconstruction based on the question of how the displacement of the semantics of these two concepts occurred and what bond existed between that change and the building of the National ABSTRACTS 1121 State. To this end, this paper takes the experience of the State-nation building in Argentina during 1860-1940 as a prolific example, to witness the role that Administrative Law played in it. The task required not only a contextualization but, at the same time, a consideration about the way discourses and political power were related. Therefore this work undertakes a parallel study on the education of lawyers — the creation of the chair in Administrative Law at the University of Buenos Aires; the link between the State and the social question that allowed the consolidation of the former; and finally, a textual study of the concept of autonomy and autarchy in the administrative and constitutional literature written at that time.

Keywords: Argentina, autonomy, administrative law

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