Hayek on Spontaneous Order and Constitutional Design
By Scott A. Boykin
This article appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of The Independent Review


For more than two centuries, liberal constitutionalists have championed the separation of powers as a means of constraining self-interested political activity that erodes personal freedom. Although F. A. Hayek values the separation of powers, he contends that it cannot safeguard individual liberty unless the prevailing culture, a product of spontaneous order, favors limited government.

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