Comparative History and Legal Theory: Carl Schmitt in the by Jeffrey Seitzer

By Jeffrey Seitzer

It is a average of Schmitt scholarship that the arguable philosopher sought to recapture a few of the elan of the pre-Weimar nation via his advocacy of successfully virtually limitless presidential govt. Seitzer demonstrates how Schmitt believed comparative historical past itself may possibly reinvigorate the in poor health German nation by way of subtly changing triumphing understandings of the relation of idea and perform in legislations and politics.

Treating Schmitt's Constitutional Theory and Guardian of the Constitution as methodologically refined comparative histories, Seitzer turns Schmitt's argument opposed to itself. He exhibits how Schmitt's comparative histories, whilst appropriately achieved, help a decentralized option to the Republic's problems at once opposite to Schmitt's when it comes to its function and impact. Problem-oriented, comparative-historical reviews of key gains of the Weimar approach recommend that the dispersion of political strength enables an institutional discussion over constitutional precept and perform that higher offers for political balance and democratic experimentation. those reviews additionally recommend that linking types of justification with associations establishes a effective rigidity between norms and associations that's necessary to protecting the viability of constitutional democracy, either within the brief- and long term. This paintings might be of substantial worth to Schmitt students and people attracted to German criminal and political concept in addition to these excited by huge concerns in comparative legislation and eu historical past and political theory.

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