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Behind A Veil of Ignorance?: Power and Uncertainty in

This quantity is a truly fascinating learn undertaking that incorporates the main cautious paintings on constitutional strength and bounds to authority of which i'm conscious. typically, the members locate that constitutional negotiations mostly came about in settings the place uncertainty was once huge. in addition they locate that the extra particular the characterization of energy relationships, the extra liberal and sturdy the democracy has a tendency to be.

This publication addresses the difficulty of the impression of uncertainty in constitutional layout. To what volume do structure drafters and adopters make their judgements in the back of a veil of lack of awareness? extra essentially, do we infer from constitutional texts the measure of uncertainty confronted via structure drafters and adopters? After an creation (chapter 1), the e-book proceeds in elements. the 1st half (chapters 2 to four) introduces to the highbrow filiation of the venture and to its theoretical and methodological foundations. the second one half (chapters five to thirteen) offers 9 case reviews outfitted at the related constitution: old account of the making of the structure, result of the content material research of the constitutional textual content, and dialogue of particular concerns raised within the research. bankruptcy 14 concludes.

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Attempting to elude the legal either/or posed by Weber, Habermas’s reflexive approach intends to make available the best qualities of each of these models: crudely, the freedom-preserving quality of nineteenth-century formal law and the equality-ensuring quality of twentieth-century deformalized or “material” law. Habermas suggests that the Sozialstaat does not eliminate formal strategies of lawmaking; they remain viable sociojuridical options. However, he insists that the decision to deploy either strategy must be left open to discussion within the public sphere and through government institutions.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 309–69, and SL, 212–301. 5 I will offer my own account of the relationship of Weber’s sociology of law and the Weimar context of a fragile constitutional-social democracy in the next chapter. ¨ In this chapter I provide an overview of Jurgen Habermas’s critique of Weber, which raises the problems of legal legitimacy and historical change that will guide us throughout the book. 7 Ultimately, however, I criticize Habermas for falling prey to a 4 5 6 7 See Weber, “Parliament and Government in Germany Under a New Political Order” (1918), in Political Writings, 130–271.

Habermas acknowledges that Weber’s model of legality may superficially conform to strict formal rationality, but he indicates the practicalmoral bases assumed by the model such that it constitutes a theory of substantive legitimacy. Habermas provides a nineteenth-century example to bear this out: from the perspective of workers engaged in class struggles and the development of the labor movement, bourgeois formal law certainly was not legitimate in any substantive way (LM 224). As he remarks in LC regarding the social bases underlying the Rechtsstaat: the unplanned, anarchic, quasi-natural aspects of the unlimited economic development of productive forces in liberal capitalism are potentially 13:6 P1: SBT 0521811406c02 CUNY667/McCarmick 34 0 521 81140 6 Printer: cupusbw February 25, 2007 Habermas’s Critique of “Sociology of Law” incompatible with a communicative ethics “which requires not only generality of norms but [also] a discursively attained consensus about the generalizability of the normatively proscribed interests” (LC 23).

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