Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy

ISBN-10: 0262691264

ISBN-13: 9780262691260

Edition: 1988

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Description: Described both as "the Hobbes of our age" and as "the philosophical godfather of Nazism," Carl Schmitt was a brilliant and controversial political theorist whose doctrine of political leadership and critique of liberal democratic ideals distinguish him as one of the most original contributors to modern political theory. The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy offers a powerful criticism of the inconsistencies of representative democracy. First published in 1923, it has often been viewed as an attempt to destroy parliamentarism; in fact, it was Schmitt's attempt to defend the Weimar constitution. The introduction to this new translation places the book in proper historical context and provides a useful guide to several aspects of Weimar political culture. The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracyis included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 6/22/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660

Series Editor's Foreword
A Note on the Text and Translation
Introduction: Carl Schmitt's Parlamentarismus in Its Historical Context
Preface to the Second Edition (1926): On the Contradiction between Parliamentarism and Democracy
Introduction to the First Edition (1923)
Democracy and Parliamentarism
(Standard conceptions of identity in democratic thought and the identities that have replaced them in political reality)
The Principles of Parliamentarism
(Openness and discussion division and balance of powers the concept of law in true parliamentarism the relative rationalism of parliamentary theory)
Dictatorship in Marxist Thought
(Dictatorship and dialectics the metaphysical proof of Marxism rationalism and irrationalism in the dictatorship of the proletariat)
Irrationalist Theories of the Direct Use of Force
(Georges Sorel's theory of myth the mythical image of the bourgeois class struggle and national myths in Bolshevism and Fascism)
Appendix: On the Ideology of Parliamentarism (1925)
Bibliography to the 1926 Edition
Bibliographical Note
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