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Author Finn, John E.

Title Constitutions in crisis : political violence and the rule of law / John E. Finn.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  342.02 FINN    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 274 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-263) and index.
Contents Part I Constitutional Maintenance and the Legal Control of Political Violence 11 -- Chapter 1 A Theory of Constitutional Maintenance and Constitutional Crises 13 -- Afterword: Constitutive Principles and Right Answers 44 -- Part II Constitutional Maintenance and Dissolution in Northern Ireland 47 -- Chapter 2 Constitutional Dissolution and Reconstruction in Northern Ireland 51 -- Chapter 3 Political Violence and Antiterrorism Legislation in Great Britain and Northern Ireland 84 -- Part III Constitutional Maintenance and Reconstruction in Germany 135 -- Chapter 4 Constitutional Dissolution in the Weimar Republic 139 -- Chapter 5 Constitutional Reconstruction, Militant Democracy, and Antiterrorism Legislation in the Federal Republic of Germany 179.
Summary In this compelling study, which unites the fields of constitutional theory and comparative politics, John E. Finn examines how the efforts of two western liberal democracies, the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany, to cope with domestic terrorism threatens their constitutional integrity. Finn argues first that widespread political violence challenges the presuppositions of constitutional authority in any liberal democracy, namely that reason and deliberation, and not passion or will, can be the basis of political community. Terrorism therefore constitutes both a specific type of constitutional emergency and a challenge to the more general enterprise of constitutional maintenance. He then proceeds to review the efforts of the United Kingdom and Germany to control political violence through emergency legislation, and considers to what extent such measures comport with the demands of constitutionalism and the rule of law.
Subject Terrorism.
Constitutional law.
Terrorism -- Northern Ireland.
Constitutional law -- Northern Ireland.
Terrorism -- Germany.
Constitutional law -- Germany.
ISBN 0195057384 (alk. paper)