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Description - The Rule of Law Under Siege by William E. Scheuerman

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520203792
ISBN-10: 0520203798
Format: Hardback
Pages: 280
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 30-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William E. Scheuerman

William E. Scheuerman is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is author of Between the Norm and Exception: The Frankfurt School and the Rule of Law (1994). Franz L. Neumann (1900--1954) was a labor lawyer and legal advisor to the German Social Democratic Party before emigrating to England and then the United States after Hitler's rise to power. He was Professor of Public Law at Columbia University at the time of his death. Otto Kirchheimer (1905--1965) was a lawyer and left-wing Social Democrat who defended Weimar Democracy during its waning hours. He fled to France and then the United States, where he taught at Wellesley, the New School, and Columbia University.

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