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The Remnants of the RechtsstaatAn Ethnography of Nazi Law$
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Jens Meierhenrich

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814412.001.0001

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Authoritarian Rule of Law

Authoritarian Rule of Law

(p.225) 9 Authoritarian Rule of Law
The Remnants of the Rechtsstaat

Jens Meierhenrich

Oxford University Press

What for many years was seen as an oxymoron—the notion of an authoritarian rule of law—no longer is. Instead, the phenomenon has become a cutting edge concern in law-and-society research. In this concluding chapter, I situate Fraenkel’s theory of dictatorship in this emerging research program. In the first section, I turn the notion of an authoritarian rule of law into a social science concept. In the second section, I relate this concept to that of the dual state and both to the political science literature on so-called hybrid regimes. Drawing on this synthesis, the third section makes the concept of the dual state usable for comparative-historical analysis. Through a series of empirical vignettes, I demonstrate the contemporary relevance of Fraenkel’s institutional analysis of the Nazi state. I show why it is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the legal origins of dictatorship, then and now.

Keywords:   Authoritarian rule of law, rule of law, rule by law, dictatorship, authoritarianism, transition, hybrid regimes, democracy promotion, nation-building, state-building

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