1st Edition

Temporal Boundaries of Law and Politics
Time Out of Joint

ISBN 9780367404383
Published July 25, 2019 by Routledge
218 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

In the last decade, the changing role of time in society has once again taken centre stage in the academic debate. A prominent, but surely not the only, aspect of this debate hinges on the so-called acceleration of time and its societal consequences. Despite the fact that time is fundamental to the way in which law and politics function, the influence of the contemporary experience of time on law and politics remains underdeveloped. How, for example, does society’s structural acceleration impact on justice? Does law actually offer stability and predictability in an ever-changing global world? How can legal and political institutions function in the wake of ever-increasing uncertainty? Both law and politics employ time to order society but they are also limited in what can be effectuated by time. It is this very tension between temporal possibilities and limitations that the contributors to this collection – drawn from different fields of law, as well as from other disciplines – examine.

Table of Contents

Part I: Justice


Chapter 1

Judging the Past: Three Ways of Understanding Time

Antoine Garapon

Chapter 2

Law at the Right Time: A Plea for Slow Law in Hasty Times

Bart van Klink

Chapter 3

Law, Time, and Inhumanity: Reflections on the Impresciptible

Luigi Corrias


Part II: Legal Certainty


Chapter 4

Airports Built on Shifting Grounds? Social Acceleration and the Temporal Dimension of Law

Hartmut Rosa

Chapter 5

Suspended in Gaffa: Legal Slowness in the Acceleration Society

Lyana Francot

Chapter 6

Uncertain Futures and the Problem of Constraining Emergency Powers: Temporal Dimensions of Carl Schmitt’s Theory of the State of Exception

Marc de Wilde

Chapter 7

Constitutional Preambles and the Uncertain Future

Nomi Claire Lazar


Part III: Expediency


Chapter 8

Collective Memory, Constitutional Polity and Functional Differentiation of Modern Society

Jiri Priban

Chapter 9

Informing Life: Temporal Politics of Information in the Administration of Pandemics

Sven Opitz

Chapter 10

Immediacy, Potentia and Constraining Emergency Powers

Bas Schotel

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Luigi Corrias is Assistant Professor of Legal Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Lyana Francot is Associate Professor of Legal Theory, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.