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Loughlin, Martin (2017) Politonomy. In: Meierhenrich, Jens and Simons, Oliver, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 570-591. ISBN 9780199916931

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This chapter situates Schmitt as a jurist and specifically as a scholar occupying a distinctive position within German state theory. Schmitt’s overall objective was to build a theory of the constitution of political authority from the most basic elements of the subject, and in this respect he sought to make a contribution to the discipline of politonomy. A concept first alluded to by Schmitt but one he never developed, politonomy concerns the inquiry into the most basic laws and practices of the political. The chapter examines Schmitt’s ambivalent position in politonomy, which was rooted in his distrust of the scientific significance of general concepts. To the extent that Schmitt acknowledged the existence of a law of the political, this chapter argues that it is found implicitly within his embrace of institutionalism in the 1930s and later in his account of nomos as the basic law of appropriation, division, and production.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 29 May 2015 15:48
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