The Autonomy of the Political: Carl Schmitt's and Lenin's political realism

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dc.contributor.author BOLSINGER, Eckard
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-28T14:28:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-28T14:28:51Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Westport, Greenwood Press, 2001 en
dc.identifier.isbn 9780313316920
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/22580
dc.description (Published version of EUI PhD thesis, 1999.) en
dc.description.abstract The end of the Cold War has seen the resurgence of old patterns of internal and external armed conflicts. War and civil war as factors in the process of the dissolution and formation of political structures have reappeared even within Europe. In the post-Cold War world politics appears less to be ordered by clear principles. Instead, it is insecure and undermined by violence and instability) It would, however, be misleading to assume that the contemporary experience of eruptive violence simply signifies an aberration from a peaceful path of social and political development. Against the identification of modernization and the gradual decline of (civil) wars, Hans Joas (1996), in close reference to current historical sociology, has emphasized that external and internal forms of armed struggle cannot be seen as deviations, anomalies, or interruptions in the development of modern social and political structures. Rather, they represent their inherent feature.2 According to his view, (civil) war and violence are constitutive parts of mRdernity and not its prehistory; the ongoing military and armed conflicts are thus only a reminder of this close connection. How should political theory react to the central role of (civil) war and armed violence in shaping modern political structures? If current historical sociology is right that (civil) war and armed conflicts lie at the foundations of modern politics, political theory would find its overriding field of interest in the conceptual analysis of politics and violence. en
dc.description.tableofcontents --Acknowledgments --Introduction --Part I: The Province of Politics 1 --1 The Primacy of Politics 3 --2 The Constituent Nature of the Political 23 --3 The Specificity of Politics 49 --Part II: The Constitution of Political Power 59 --4 State and Political Revolution 61 --5 State and Political Order 89 --6 The Specificity of the State 123 --Part III: The End of the Political? 137 --7 The Elimination of the Political 139 --8 The Persistence of the Political 151 --9 Politics—Between Limitation and Intensification 169 --Conclusion: The Autonomy of the Political—Elements of a Theory of Political Realism 177 --References 185 --Index 209 en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Westport, Greenwood Press en
dc.title The Autonomy of the Political: Carl Schmitt's and Lenin's political realism en
dc.type Book en


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