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Now available in English for the first time, Dictatorship isCarl Schmitt’s most scholarly book and arguably a paradigmfor his entire work.

Written shortly after the Russian Revolution and the First WorldWar, Schmitt analyses the problem of the state of emergency and thepower of the Reichspräsident in declaring it. Dictatorship,Schmitt argues, is a necessary legal institution in constitutionallaw and has been wrongly portrayed as just the arbitrary rule of aso-called dictator.

Dictatorship is an essential book for understanding the workof Carl Schmitt and a major contribution to the modern theory of ademocratic, constitutional state. And despite being written in theearly part of the twentieth century, it speaks with remarkableprescience to our contemporary political concerns.

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Editorial Reviews

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"At last Carl Schmitt's Dictatorship is available inEnglish. His study and analysis of this concept is key tounderstanding the varieties of dictatorship."
—George Schwab, National Committee on American ForeignPolicy

"Dictatorship is the first book ever entirely devoted tothe topic of emergency powers.  Written as Germany'sfledgeling Weimar Republic resorted to emergency measures toconfront insurrections from both the Left and the Right, Schmittexplored the historical origins and philosophical justifications ofextraordinary executive action. Schmitt's Dictatorship is afascinating historical document and a prescient, insightfulresource for contemporary debates in political theory andconstitutional law."
—John P. McCormick, University of Chicago

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745646473
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/11/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,503,778
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important and influential political theorists of the twentieth century.

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Table of Contents

  • Translator’s Introduction
  • Foreword to the fourth edition (1978)
  • Foreword to the third edition (1964)
  • Foreword to the second edition (1928)
  • Preliminary remarks to the first edition (1921)
  • I. Commissary Dictatorship and the theory of the state
  • II. The praxis of royal commissars up to the 18th century
  • III. The transition to sovereign dictatorship in the theory ofthe state of the 18th century
  • IV. The concept of sovereign dictatorship
  • V. The praxis of the people’s commissars during theFrench Revolution
  • VI. Dictatorship in the contemporary constitution (the state ofbesiegement)
  • Appendix: The Dictatorship of the Reichspräsidentaccording to Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution pp. 211-57
  • I
  • Common interpretation of Article 48, Paragraph 2 today.
  • II
  • The regulation of Article 48, Paragraph 2 as aprovisorium.
  • III
  • General limitation of competence based on Article 48, Paragraph2.
  • IV
  • The law of implementation [Ausfüngsgesetz] regardingArticle 48 RV.
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