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The Rule of Law Under Siege

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ISBN13: 9780520203792
ISBN: 0520203798
Published: June 1998
Publisher: University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton
Format: Hardback
Price: £46.95

The widespread interest of social theorists, literary critics and intellectual historians in the intellectual legacy of the Frankfurt School has focused until now on the school's contributions to critical theory. Little attention has been paid to its contributions to political and legal theory.;These essays by Franz L. Neumann and Otto Kirchheimer, the school's resident political and legal scholars, correct the common misconception that members of the Frankfurt School were little interested in political and legal analysis.;This collection of essays demonstrates that the death of democracy and the rise of fascism during the first half of the 20th century suggest crucial lessons for contemporary political and legal scholars. The volume includes writings on constitutionalism, political freedom, Nazism, sovereignty, and both Nazi and liberal law.;Most importantly, the Frankfurt authors point to the continuing efficacy of the rule of law as an instrument for regulating and restraining state authority, as well as ominous evidence of the rule of law's fragility in modern liberal democracy.;William E. Scheuerman is the author of ""Between the Norm and the Exception: The Frankfurt School and

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