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Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations

Militant Democracy – Political Science, Law and Philosophy

Editors: Ellian, Afshin, Rijpkema, Bastiaan (Eds.)

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  • First book to combine law, political science and philosophy in the field of militant democracy
  • Militant democracy is a highly current topic, with developments in EU, Turkey, Russia and the US
  • Written by well-known experts in their respective fields (law, political science, and philosophy) having written on militant democracy before
  • Discusses the justifications, effectiveness and legal implications of militant democracy
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This volume offers an up-to-date overview of the much-debated issue of how a democracy may defend itself against those who want to subvert it. The justifications, effectiveness and legal implications of militant democracy are discussed by addressing questions as: How can militant democracy measures such as party bans be justified? Why is it that some democracies ban antidemocratic parties? Does militant democracy succeed in combatting right-wing extremism? And is militant democracy evolving into an internationalized legal and political concept?

Bringing together experts and perspectives from political science, law and philosophy, this volume advances our understanding of the current threats to democracy, a political system once thought almost invincible. It is especially timely in the light of the rise of illiberal democracy in the EU, the increasingly authoritarian rule in Turkey, the steady shift to autocracy in Russia and the remarkable election of Trump in the US.

About the authors

Prof. dr. Afshin Ellian (1966) is Professor of Jurisprudence at Leiden University. He received his PhD in 2003 at Tilburg University with a dissertation on the democratic transition of South Africa. Ellian wrote extensively on topics within legal and political philosophy, such as: religious extremism, the state of exception, militant democracy and (counter)terrorism. His latest publications are Freedom of Speech under Attack, edited with Gelijn Molier (Eleven Publishing, 2015), and Legaliteit en Legitimiteit: de grondslagen van het recht (Legality and Legitimacy: the foundations of law), co-authored with Paul Cliteur (Leiden University Press, 2016). His op-eds were published in leading Dutch newspapers such as NRC Handelsblad and international titles as The Wall Street Journal and Le Figaro.

Bastiaan Rijpkema PhD (1987) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Jurisprudence at Leiden University. He received his LL.B. in Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam (2010) and his LL.M. in Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (cum laude) from Leiden University (2011). In 2015 he obtained his PhD at Leiden University with a dissertation on militant democracy. His main interests lie in the fields of legal and political philosophy, especially democracy, extremism and free speech. In 2014 he co-authored a new edition of the 1936 inaugural lecture of Amsterdam constitutional scholar George van den Bergh on antidemocratic parties (Elsevier Books), for which he wrote an extensive introduction. His dissertation was published as Weerbare democratie: de grenzen van democratische tolerantie (Militant Democracy: The Limits of Democratic Tolerance) and was reviewed in major Dutch and Belgian newspapers. Rijpkema is a regular commentator on politics for the Dutch Radio 1 and published several op-eds on national and international politics. He is also frequently invited for expert meetings held by the Dutch government, for instance with Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher and the Dutch Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-20

    Ellian, Afshin (et al.)

  • Militant Democracy and the Banning of Political Parties in Democratic States: Why Some Do and Why Some Don’t

    Pages 23-46

    Bourne, Angela K.

  • Frail Democracy

    Pages 47-60

    Ermakoff, Ivan

  • How Does Militant Democracy Function in Combating Right-Wing Extremism? A Case Study of Slovakian Militant Democracy and the Rise of Kotleba – People’s Party Our Slovakia

    Pages 61-76

    Mareš, Miroslav

  • Interactions between International and National Norms: Towards an Internationalized Concept of Militant Democracy

    Pages 79-95

    Walter, Christian

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Hardcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Militant Democracy – Political Science, Law and Philosophy
Editors
  • Afshin Ellian
  • Bastiaan Rijpkema
Series Title
Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97004-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97004-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97003-5
Series ISSN
2352-8370
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 193
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