Weber, Habermas, and transformations of the European state : constitutional, social, and supranational democracy /

This book confronts the difficulty of theorizing progressive politics during radical state transformation.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: McCormick, John P., 1966-
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: theorizing modern transformations of law and democracy
  • Critical theory and structural transformations
  • Critical theory and the supranational constellation
  • Law, democracy and state transformation today
  • The historical logic(s) of Habermas's critique of Weber's "sociology of law"
  • The fragility of legal-rational legitimacy
  • Moral underpinnings of formal law
  • The possibility of rationally coherent Sozialstaat law
  • Secularization, commodification and history
  • Excursus: the transformation of Habermas's theory of history
  • Philosophy of history and the sociology of law
  • Conclusion
  • The puzzle of law, democracy and historical change in Weber's "sociology of law"
  • The public/private law distinction and "modern" law
  • History as confirmation
  • Contestation of legal categories
  • Legal history as contrast
  • Continuity with the Present
  • Legal limits on power: separation and application
  • Organizations, special law and the law of the land
  • Weber, law and social change
  • Formal and substantive rationalization of law
  • Formal v. substantive law and the Sozialstaat
  • Conclusion
  • Habermas's deliberatively legal Sozialstaat: democracy, adjudication and reflexive law
  • Habermas on language and law, lifeworld and system
  • Beyond formalist and vitalist notions of constitutional democracy
  • Rational and democratically accessible adjudication
  • Selecting 19th or 20th century paradigms of law
  • Conceptual paradigms and historical configurations of law
  • Conclusion
  • Habermas on the European union: normative aspirations, empirical questions and historical assumptions
  • Global problems to be solved by EU democracy
  • The history of the state as guide to the present
  • The form and content of EU democracy
  • Limits of Habermas's theory of EU democracy
  • Conclusion
  • The structural transformation to the supranational Sektoralstaat and prospects for democracy in the EU
  • Legal integration and the supranationalist model
  • State-centrism--EU law constrained
  • The European Sektoralstaat model
  • (a) Legally facilitated race to the bottom or march to the top?
  • (b) Comitology---open, public and equitable deliberation?
  • (c) Multiple policy Europes
  • Democracy, the EU Sektoralstaat and further questions
  • Conclusion
  • Conclusion: Habermas's philosophy of history and the future of Europe
  • Index.