Politics as a Practical Science

Hardcover | March 15, 2009

byWilhelm Hennis

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Wilhelm Hennis has been a leading critic of German political life and thought for the last fifty years. In this selection from his writings on government, constitutionality, and legitimacy he shows how the postwar reconstruction of democratic politics in Germany quickly highlighted general problems of party politics and democratic order that have only recently been widely recognized. In so doing he eschews the conventional terminology of the social sciences, and builds his analysis of modern politics on a classical language of law and politics.

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Wilhelm Hennis has been a leading critic of German political life and thought for the last fifty years. In this selection from his writings on government, constitutionality, and legitimacy he shows how the postwar reconstruction of democratic politics in Germany quickly highlighted general problems of party politics and democratic orde...

WILHELM HENNIS is Professor Emeritus at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.85 × 5.58 × 0.84 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230007287

ISBN - 13:9780230007284

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Duncan Kelly * The Problem of the German Conception of the State * The Idea of Office and the Conception of Democracy * Legitimacy * Democratization: Concept and Problematic Constitutionality and Constitutional Reality * Party Structure and Governability * Integration by Constitution * Toqueville's "New Political Science" * Goya and the Project of Modernity