The Defence Of Constitutionalism: Or The Czech Question In Post-national Europe by Jirí PribánThe Defence Of Constitutionalism: Or The Czech Question In Post-national Europe by Jirí Pribán

The Defence Of Constitutionalism: Or The Czech Question In Post-national Europe

byJirí PribánTranslated byStuart Hoskins

Paperback | February 15, 2018

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More than a century after the publication of Czech politician Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk’s study The Czech Question, Czech politics—instead of the nation’s historical struggle for survival and independence—has become a pragmatic question of democratic constitutionalism and civility. Originally published in major Czech newspapers, these essays on contemporary European politics demonstrate that this new understanding involves both technical questions of power making and critical questions of its meaning. Democracy, Pribán shows, is the process of permanent self-correction. It possesses both the capacity to respond to unexpected problems and crises and intrinsic tensions between principled arguments and everyday administrative processes. Defending constitutionalism, therefore, draws on principles of civil rights and freedoms, limited government, and representative democracy, the validity and persuasive force of which are at stake not only in the Czech Republic, but also in the post-national European Union and our global society at large.
Jirí Pribán is professor of law at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. He is the author of numerous books in Czech and English, including, most recently, Sovereignty in Post-Sovereign Society: A Systems Theory of European Constitutionalism. Stuart Hoskins is a translator of Czech and Slovak into English.
Title:The Defence Of Constitutionalism: Or The Czech Question In Post-national EuropeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:February 15, 2018Publisher:Karolinum Press, Charles UniversityLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Jirí Pribán’s Socratic Warnings (Petr Pithart)
Note to the Reader
1 Czechs in Europe
The Czech Question in Post-national Society
The Poverty of Czech Euroscepticism
The Czech Presidency of the EU
European Borders
Endless Europe
EU – War Child, Victim of Peace?
The Union Today Doesn’t Know What it is, Hence its Crisis
Greece – State of Emergency
2 Democratic Constitutionalism
The Cold Lies of the State
Election Carnival
Waiting for a Leader?
Depoliticisation – A Czech Dream of Peace and Tranquillity
The Disintegration of the Public Sphere
Where Did the People Go?
3 Parliamentary Democracy
The Age of Political Uncertainty
The Defence of Party Politics
4 Liberty and her People
Militant Democracy
Hunger Strike
Social Citizenship
People, or Population?
5 Political Thought in a Global Society
The Crisis and its Criticism
For Others Rights, for Himself Duties
Sunken Islands of Positive Deviance?
Democracy is a Process of Permanent Self-correction
Czeching Wales