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Frankfurt School Perspectives on Globalization, Democracy, and the Law

1st Edition

By William E. Scheuerman


222 pages

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Frankfurt School Perspectives on Globalization, Democracy, and the Law makes use of the work of first-generation Frankfurt School theorist Franz L. Neumann, in conjunction with his famous successor, Jürgen Habermas, to try to understand the momentous political and legal transformations generated by globalization.

This volume demonstrates that the Frankfurt School tradition speaks directly to some pressing political and social concerns, including globalization, the reform of the welfare state, and the environmental crisis. Despite widespread claims to the contrary, the legal substructure of economic globalization tends to conflict with traditional models of the "rule of law." Neumann’s prediction that contemporary capitalism would decreasingly depend on generality, clarity, publicity, and stability in the law is supported by a surprising variety of empirical evidence. Habermas’s recent work is then interrogated in order to pursue the question of how we might counteract the deleterious trends accurately predicted by Neumann. How might democracy and the rule of law flourish in the context of globalization?

The book is intended for scholars and advanced students in political science, sociology, philosophy and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why the Frankfurt School? Part 1:: Franz L. Neumann, Globalization, and the Rule of Law 1. Franz Neumann: Legal Theorist of Globalization? 2. Economic Globalization and the Rule of Law 3. Transnational Labor Standards: The U.S. Experience 4. Neumann v. Habermas: The Frankfurt School and the Case of the Rule of Law Part 2: Jürgen Habermas, Globalization, and Deliberative Democracy 5. Between Radicalism and Resignation: Democratic Theory in Habermas’ Between Facts and Norms 6. Prospects and Perils of Proceduralist Law 7. Globalization and the Antinomies of Habermasian Deliberative Democracy 8. Cosmopolitan Democracy: Democracy Without Law? 9. Global Governance Without Global Government?

About the Author

William E. Scheuerman is Professor of Political Science and West European Studies at Indiana University (Bloomington). He is author of three previous books, including the award-winning Between the Norm and the Exception: The Frankfurt School and the Rule of Law, and two edited volumes, including a collection of essays by the Frankfurt School political and legal theorists, The Rule of Law Under Siege. He has taught previously at Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General