The Democratic and The Authoritarian State : Essays in political and legal theory by Franz Neumann ; Edited and with a preface by Herbert Marcuse
Glencoe, Il. : The Free Press, 1957. First Edition. Hardcover. 303 pages ; 22 cm. $6.00 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
THE DEMOCRATIC and the AUTHORITARIAN STATE
Essays in Political and Legal Theory By Franz Neumann
ONE OF THE main tasks of political and legal theory in our time has been to delineate the dichotomy between freedom and political power, and to study how the conflicts may be resolved in favor of freedom. To this great task Franz Neumann brought learning, imagination, and practicality.
He sought the answer to the terrible question of why human freedom and happiness declined at the stage of mature civilization when the objective conditions for their realization seem greater than ever. He worked on a comprehensive study of dictatorship— its forms, its functions, and its social roots. He saw that the traditional notion of the opposition of democracy and totalitarianism was inadequate in the face of the historical facts.
The chapters in this volume range over many facets of this tension between freedom and power. Some of the chapters are: The Change in the Function of Law in Modern Society; Approaches to the Study of Political Power; Anxiety and Politics; On the Theory of the Federal State; On the Theory of Dictatorship. There is also a chapter which is a major study of the political thought of a widely known but little understood political writer, Montesquieu.
FRANZ NEUMANN was Professor in the Department of Government, Columbia University. He was a graduate of Frankfurt University and taught at the Hochschule fur Politik in Berlin. Neumann was among the first to be deprived of German citizenship by the Hitler government. He is the author of the classic study of German fascism, Behemoth.
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