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Aesthetics, Law and ‘Soft Power’: A chapter in the France-America confrontation?
Monateri examines the way in which law can be bound to an aesthetics and how this aesthetic-law package can work as a ‘soft power’ factor in a given political culture. He sets out from the role played by France as a hegemonic juridical culture in the nineteenth century – a role still feasible today as an alternative to the Americanisation of world juridical culture. Today France and America would appear to represent two opposed models of the conception of law. It is possible to assert that the French Code civil, copied in a great number of countries in all five continents, represents the ‘Roman systems’, as opposed to ‘common law systems’, today represented much more by American than by British law. In an era in which even law is being globalised, the two systems, which both work well and are much admired, effectively represent a possible global alternative. France thus appears to be equipped with an incisive ‘soft power’ constituted mainly by its Code, provided the latter remains, so to speak, the common patrimony of juridical ‘Latinity’ and does not withdraw into the Hexagon. The mortal enemy of the ‘soft power’ of a cultural model is, first and foremost, ‘parochialism’.