Legality and Legitimacy / Edition 1

Legality and Legitimacy / Edition 1

by Carl Schmitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822331748

ISBN-13: 9780822331742

Pub. Date: 02/26/2004

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Carl Schmitt ranks among the most original and controversial political thinkers of the twentieth century. His incisive criticisms of Enlightenment political thought and liberal political practice remain as shocking and significant today as when they first appeared in Weimar Germany. Unavailable in English until now, Legality and Legitimacy was composed in

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Carl Schmitt ranks among the most original and controversial political thinkers of the twentieth century. His incisive criticisms of Enlightenment political thought and liberal political practice remain as shocking and significant today as when they first appeared in Weimar Germany. Unavailable in English until now, Legality and Legitimacy was composed in 1932, in the midst of the crisis that would lead to the collapse of the Weimar Republic and only a matter of months before Schmitt’s collaboration with the Nazis. In this important work, Schmitt questions the political viability of liberal constitutionalism, parliamentary government, and the rule of law. Liberal governments, he argues, cannot respond effectively to challenges by radical groups like the Nazis or Communists. Only a presidential regime subject to few, if any, practical limitations can ensure domestic security in a highly pluralistic society.

Legality and Legitimacy is sure to provide a compelling reference point in contemporary debates over the challenges facing constitutional democracies today. In addition to Jeffrey Seitzer’s translation of the 1932 text itself, this volume contains his translation of Schmitt’s 1958 commentary on the work, extensive explanatory notes, and an appendix including selected articles of the Weimar constitution. John P. McCormick’s introduction places Legality and Legitimacy in its historical context, clarifies some of the intricacies of the argument, and ultimately contests Schmitt’s claims regarding the inherent weakness of parliamentarism, constitutionalism, and the rule of law.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822331742
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
02/26/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Identifying or Exploiting the Paradoxes of Constitutional Democracy? An Introduction to Carl Schmitt's Legality and Legitimacy
Introduction: The Legislative State System of Legality Compared to Other State Types (Jurisdiction, Governmental, and Administrative States)3
IThe System of Legality of the Parliamentary Legislative State
1The Legislative State and the Concept of Law17
2Legality and the Equal Chance for Achieving Political Power27
IIThe Three Extraordinary Lawgivers of the Weimar Constitution
3The Extraordinary Lawgiver Ratione Materiae: The Second Principal Part of the Weimar Constitution as a Second Constitution39
4The Extraordinary Lawgiver Ratione Supremitatis: Actual Meaning - Plebiscitary Legitimacy instead of Legislative State Legality59
5The Extraordinary Lawgiver Ratione Necessitatis: Actual Meaning - The Administrative State Measure Displaces the Parliamentary Legislative State Statute67
Conclusion85
Afterword (1958)95
AppSelected Articles of the Weimar Constitution103
Notes109
Works Cited by Carl Schmitt in Legality and Legitimacy161
Index165

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