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Authoritarian liberalism in the European constitutional imagination: second time as farce?

Wilkinson, Michael A. (2015) Authoritarian liberalism in the European constitutional imagination: second time as farce? European Law Journal, 21 (3). pp. 313-339. ISSN 1351-5993

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Identification Number: 10.1111/eulj.12133

Abstract

The current crisis in Europe recalls the theory and practice of authoritarian liberalism, the idea that in order to protect economic liberalism and respect for fiscal discipline, representative democracy must be curtailed. This configuration was first identified by Hermann Heller in late Weimar as a response to the imperative to maintain the ideological separation of state and economy and presented by Karl Polanyi as conditioned by broader geo-political pressure to maintain the gold standard in the inter-war period. Authoritarian liberalism is now conditioned by conflicting imperatives to maintain the project of the single currency, respect ordo-liberal concerns of moral hazard, and protect ‘militant democracy’ but only in one country. Does this reflect a broader geo-political disequilibrium, due to tensions between market integration, constitutionalism and democracy?

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.gate2.library.lse.a...
Additional Information: © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 13:20
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 02:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61765

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