July 27, 2015

Hannah Arendt's Constitutional Theory

Christian Volk, University of Trier, has published Arendtian Constitutionalism: Law, Politics, and the Order of Freedom (Hart Publishing, 2015). Here is a description of the contents from the publisher's website.

The meaning and function of law in Hannah Arendt’s work has never been the subject of a systematic reconstruction. This book examines Arendt’s work and reconstructs her ideas through political, legal and constitutional theory, and shows that her engagement with law is continuous as well as crucial to an adequate understanding of her political thought. The author argues that Arendt was very much concerned with the question of an adequate arrangement of law, politics and order – the so-called triad of constitutionalism. By adopting this approach, the author suggests an alternative interpretation of Arendt’s thought, which sees her as thinker of political order who considers as crucial a stable and free political order in which political struggle and dissent can happen and occur.

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