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Constitutional and Political Theory: Selected Writings

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Mirjam Künkler, and Tine Stein


The book is a first representative edition in English of Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde’s writings on constitutional, legal, and political theory. As a German legal scholar and former judge on Germany’s federal constitutional court, Böckenförde has shaped legal and political discourse in twentieth century Germany like few others. Böckenförde’s oeuvre represents a classic strand of German political and legal thinking beyond Hans Kelsen and Carl Schmitt, that is historically rooted, normatively firm, and at the same time sharply analytical, helping its readers to understand the modern state as a pol ... More

Keywords: Constitutional theory, theory of the state, law and politics, Europeanization, constituent power, fundamental rights, Carl Schmitt, Hermann Heller

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Freiburg

Mirjam Künkler, editor
Princeton University

Tine Stein, editor
Professor of Political Theory

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State, Law, and Constitution

Mirjam Künkler and Tine Stein

Part I Political Theory of the State

Böckenförde’s Political Theory of the State

Mirjam Künkler and Tine Stein

Part II Constitutional Theory

Böckenförde’s Constitutional Theory

Mirjam Künkler and Tine Stein

Part III Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Principles

Part IV On the Relationship between State, Citizenship, and Political Autonomy

Part V Böckenförde in Context