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Fearing the disorder of things: the development of Carl Schmitt’s institutional theory, 1919-1942

Meierhenrich, Jens (2017) Fearing the disorder of things: the development of Carl Schmitt’s institutional theory, 1919-1942. In: Meierhenrich, Jens and Simons, Oliver, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 171-216. ISBN 9780199916931

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Identification Number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199916931.013.30


This chapter offers a longitudinal analysis of Carl Schmitt’s institutional theory. It draws a detailed road map for the period under investigation, examining critical junctures and theoretical turns along the way. Two principal arguments are advanced. First, the chapter departs from conventional analyses according to which Schmitt only embarked on an “institutional turn” in the early 1930s. Instead of conceiving of Schmitt’s institutionalism as an intellectual stage of his thought, the chapter posits that it constituted—as his predominant theoretical approach—its essence. Second, the chapter argues and demonstrates that Schmitt’s institutional theory underwent a gradual transformation, from pragmatist institutionalism to extremist institutionalism. Taking a leaf from the late Hans Mommsen, the chapter argues that the development of Schmitt’s institutional theory was subject to a cumulative radicalization.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Oxford University Press
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2016 08:33
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 23:29

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