The Reconstruction of the Juridico-Political: Affinity and Divergence in Hans Kelsen and Max Weber

I Bryan (Editor), Peter Langford (Editor), John Mcgarry (Editor)

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Abstract

Hans Kelsen and Max Weber are conventionally understood as the original proponents of two distinct and opposed processes of concept formation generating two separate and contrasting theoretical frameworks for the study of law. The Reconstruction of the Juridico-Political: Affinity and Divergence in Hans Kelsen and Max Weber contests the conventional understanding of the theoretical relationship between Kelsen’s legal positivism and Weber’s sociology of law. Utilising the conceptual frame of the juridico-political, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume analyse central points of affinity and divergence in the work of these two influential figures. Thus, the chapters collected in The Reconstruction of the Juridico-Political offer a comprehensive reconsideration of these affinities and divergences, through a comparison of their respective reconstruction of the notions of democracy, the State, legal rights and the character of law. From this reconsideration a more complex understanding of their theoretical relationship emerges combined with a renewed emphasis upon the continued contemporary relevance of the work of Kelsen and Weber.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages198
ISBN (Print)978-9780415524827
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015

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