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dc.contributor.authorMagalhães, Pedro T.
dc.description.abstractBy re-examining the political thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and Hans Kelsen, this book offers a reflection on the nature of modern democracy and the question of its legitimacy. Pedro T. Magalhães shows that present-day elitist, populist and pluralist accounts of democracy owe, in diverse and often complicated ways, an intellectual debt to the interwar era, German-speaking, scholarly and political controversies on the problem(s) of modern democracy. A discussion of Weber’s ambivalent diagnosis of modernity and his elitist views on democracy, as they were elaborated especially in the 1910s, sets the groundwork for the study. Against that backdrop, Schmitt’s interwar political thought is interpreted as a form of neo-authoritarian populism, whereas Kelsen evinces robust, though not entirely unproblematic, pluralist consequences. In the conclusion, the author draws on Claude Lefort’s concept of indeterminacy to sketch a potentially more fruitful way than can be gleaned from the interwar German discussions of conceiving the nexus between the elitist, populist and pluralist faces of modern democracy. The Legitimacy of Modern Democracy will be of interest to political theorists, political philosophers, intellectual historians, theoretically oriented political scientists, and legal scholars working in the subfields of constitutional law and legal theory.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesRoutledge Innovations in Political Theory
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JK Social services & welfare, criminology::JKS Social welfare & social services::JKSN Social work
dc.subject.otherCarl Schmitt
dc.subject.otherContinental Constitutional Law
dc.subject.otherGerman Politics
dc.subject.otherHans Kelsen
dc.subject.otherHistory of European Ideas
dc.subject.otherJacques Rousseau
dc.subject.otherLegal Theory
dc.subject.otherMax Weber
dc.subject.otherPolitical Legitimacy
dc.subject.otherPolitical Order
dc.subject.otherPolitical Philosophy
dc.subject.otherPolitical Theology
dc.subject.otherPolitical Theory
dc.subject.otherSocial and Political Thought
dc.subject.otherSocial Theory
dc.subject.otherTheory of the State
dc.subject.otherWeimar Republic
dc.titleThe Legitimacy of Modern Democracy
dc.title.alternativeA Study on the Political Thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and Hans Kelsen

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