Constitutions in Crisis: Political Violence and the Rule of Law

Hardcover | May 1, 1995

byJohn E. Finn

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In this compelling study, which unites the fields of constitutional theory and comparative politics, John E. Finn examines how the efforts of two western liberal democracies, the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany, to cope with domestic terrorism threatens their constitutionalintegrity. Finn argues first that widespread political violence challenges the presuppositions of constitutional authority in any liberal democracy, namely that reason and deliberation, and not passion or will, can be the basis of political community. Terrorism therefore constitutes both aspecific type of constitutional emergency and a challenge to the more general enterprise of constitutional maintenance. He then proceeds to review the efforts of the United Kingdom and Germany to control political violence through emergency legislation, and considers to what extent such measurescomport with the demands of constitutionalism and the rule of law.

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In this compelling study, which unites the fields of constitutional theory and comparative politics, John E. Finn examines how the efforts of two western liberal democracies, the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany, to cope with domestic terrorism threatens their constitutionalintegrity. Finn argues first that widesprea...

John E. Finn is at Wesleyan University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.65 × 6.5 × 1.06 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195057384

ISBN - 13:9780195057386

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"The detailed discussion of how British regulations since the 1920s have worked is informative and impressive....Constitutions in Crisis is a fair-minded, careful, illuminating, and well-written book that will deeply interest a wide range of political scientists--specialists in constitutionallaw, political theory, comparative politics, and terrorist studies."--American Political Science Review