Verteidigung der Demokratie 978-3-16-148846-7 - Mohr Siebeck
Law

Hans Kelsen

Verteidigung der Demokratie

Abhandlungen zur Demokratietheorie
Ausgew. u. hrsg. v. Matthias Jestaedt u. Oliver Lepsius

[A Defense of Democracy. Essays on the Theory of Democracy.]

2006. XXIX, 402 pages.
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Published in German.
This volume contains a representative selection of Kelsen's most important writings on democracy and parliamentarism. The editors' critical introduction gives an overview of Kelsen's thinking in general and the most important aspects of his theory of democracy in particular.
Hans Kelsen (1881–1973) was not only the founder of the pure theory of law, but also contributed extensively to the theory of democracy and representative government. He was the most prominent defender of parliamentary democracy in German and Austrian constitutional theory in the twentieth century. A leading authority in democratic theory, Kelsen established and justified democracy and representative government with both individual liberty and social pluralism. This explains the continuing interest in his writings. They still address the problems of our times and advocate an individual theory of democracy which accepts political pluralism and social diversity as a natural basis for a democratically established legal order instead of trying to overcome social pluralism. His writings on democracy, however, are not yet as accessible as his writings on jurisprudence. This volume contains a representative selection of Kelsen's most important writings on democracy and parliamentarism. Some texts are well known, others have not yet earned their due respect. Kelsen's articles collected in this volume were written between 1920 and 1955 under five different political regimes. Thus the collection also demonstrates the development of Kelsen's thinking on democracy. The editors' critical introduction gives an overview of Kelsen's thinking in general and the most important aspects of his theory of democracy in particular.
Authors/Editors

Hans Kelsen (1881–1973) 1919–30 Universitätsprofessor in Wien; 1919–1930 Verfassungsrichter; 1930–33 Professor in Köln; 1933–40 Professor in Genf; 1936–38 Professor in Prag; 1945–52 Professor in Berkeley.

Matthias Jestaedt ist Professor für Öffentliches Recht und Rechtstheorie an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Oliver Lepsius ist Professor für Öffentliches Recht und Verfassungstheorie an der Universität Münster.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Kritische Justiz — 2007, 306–311 (Thomas Groß)
In: Aufklärung und Kritik — 2010, 153–155 (Armin Pfahl-Traughber)
In: Anuario Filosofico — 39 (2006), S. 862 (Nur Bibliographie)
In: Archiv für Rechts-u.Sozialphilos. — 2007, 435–441 (Robert van Ooyen)
In: Juristenzeitung — 2006, 1171–1172 (Stanley L. Paulson)
In: Revue francaise de sc. politique — 2007, 827–829 (Renaud Baumert)
In: Revue Hellenique des Droits de l'homme — 2014, Nr. 59, 238