AfD politicians are planning deportations and in Thuringia the far-right party is on the verge of taking power. When Kolja Möller and I planned the special issue “The dissolution of the liberal consensus” for the Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie a few years ago, we did not expect that the developments it analyzes would accelerate to such an extent in Germany. All the more important that the special issue has now been published and contributes to an understanding of the current disintegration processes so that counter-strategies can be developed.

The four contributions analyze central aspects of the (changing and endangered) rule of law in contemporary democracy: Hegemony building, institutional resilience, and the importance of demonstrations.

The contributions*

  • Karsten Schubert / Kolja Möller: The dissolution of the liberal consensus: search movements in the crisis of liberal democracy (Editorial) (pdf available here)
  • Maximilian Pichl: Struggles for the rule of law. A historical-materialist perspective
  • Daniel Keil: European statehood in the post-hegemonic constellation
  • Alexander Stulpe: Republicanism and resilience. Elements of a political theory of the viability of liberal democracies
  • Tim Wihl: The demo as revolt? Preliminary reflections on a political-legal theory of demonstration in liberal democracy

Cite, download, read

Schubert, Karsten; Möller, Kolja (Hg.) (2024): Themenschwerpunkt: Die Auflösung des liberlanen Konsenses. Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie, 14 (1/2023), 3-106.
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*In order to reduce the usual gender gap in political theory, we actively sought submissions from female authors. Unfortunately, due to increasing workload in reproductive and care work, all selected female authors dropped out.

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