State as a Giant with Feet of Clay by Jan KyselaState as a Giant with Feet of Clay by Jan Kysela

State as a Giant with Feet of Clay

EditorJan Kysela

Paperback | November 26, 2014

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Many contemporary states, even the European ones, resemble a giant with feet of clay. They tend to be greater in terms of the scope of governance, rather than in terms of their territory or population. Since they are great, they are also costly, though often very limited in various respects. One perilous alternative is the state-giant of Thomas Hobbes. But there are other possibilities as well, such as the liberal state, effective, yet small or lean; or the dreamt-up state of the conservatives, based on the principle of subsidiarity, acting only as a complement to civil society. The fundamental thesis in this book is that the states in which we live are great, however weak. The book then discusses the main categories of limits on state power, such as human rights, international law, EU law and societal changes.
Jan Kysela is an Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, and the head of its Department of Political Science and Sociology. He also works as a constitutional expert in the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. He specializes primarily in constitutional theory, parliamentarism, bicameralism ...
Title:State as a Giant with Feet of ClayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:November 26, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents: Jan Kysela: Outline of the field of research – Pavel Ondřejek: International law limits on state power. Limitation of state power by international law at the beginning of the 21st century – Jan Grinc/Jana Ondřejková: The State and the European Union – Jan Broz/Pavel Ondřejek: Human rights limits on state power – Michal Urban/Jan Kysela: Societal limits on the state – Jan Kysela: Conclusions.