Law and reflexive politics

Emilios A. Christodoulidis

Law and Reflexive Politics argues against the dominant recent 'republican' trend in legal and democratic theory that sees law as the prime vessel of political action, means of empowerment of civil society and guarantor of democratic politics. Against theorists as diverse as Dworkin, Habermas, Unger, Ackerman and others it argues that the law cannot, as these theorists would have it, contain the politics of civil society and exhaust what these politics are about. The first part of the book explores the recent trends in legal and political theory that suggest the internal linking of democracy and law. The second part is a critique of these positions through an application of systems theory, but one that offers an internal critique of systems theory itself as well as a study of the inter-relationships between law, politics and conflict. The final part advances a suggestion for a definition, or re-conceptualisation, of the political as 'reflexive', that will re-politicise law's rendering of conflict, political action and identity. What is 'stilled' by the law here becomes contested terrain again and, as such, political.

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  • Preface. Introduction. Part I: Republican Constitutionalism. 1. Citizenship, Passive and Active. 2. Republicanism and its Legacy. 3. Habermas on the 'Interpenetration' of Law and Politics. 4. American Civic Republicanism. 5. Dworkin and the Law as Forum of Principle. 6. The Containment Thesis. Part II: Political Conflict Under Legal Categories: A Systems-Theoretical Critique of Republican Constitutionalism. 7. Law, Society and Conflict. 8. Law and the Double Contingency of Conflict. 9. Legal Expectations. 10. The Relationship of Conflict and Law. 11. Conflicts Conflated. 12. Conflict Re- Enacted. 13. Conflict Severed. 14. Conflict Normalised. Part III: Reflexive Politics. 15. The Exclusionary and the Reflexive. 16. Theories of Political Reflexivity. 17. Luhmann on Political Reflexivity. 18. On Love, Marriage, Law and Politics. 19. Contingency as Eigen-Value of Politics. 20. Politics 'As Passion'. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.

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書名 Law and reflexive politics
著作者等 Christodoulidis Emilios A.
シリーズ名 Law and philosophy library
出版元 Kluwer Academic Publishers
刊行年月 c1998
ページ数 xvii, 309 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0792349547
NCID BA37525548
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言語 英語
出版国 オランダ