Carl Schmitt and the Contradictions of Liberal Democracy

'Carl Schmitt and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy' European Journal of Political Research , 23, (1993), pp. 163-85

32 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2014

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Richard Bellamy

University College London - Department of Political Science

Peter Baehr

Lingnan University

Date Written: December 28, 2014

Abstract

This article examines the contradictions Schmitt holds to exist between liberalism and democracy. The authors first examine Schmitt's descriptions of liberalism and democracy. They then proceed to his analysis of the political domain, which provides the basis of his criticism of liberal democracy. Following an evaluation of his argument, they propose a democratic conception of liberalism which both draws on Schmitt's account of the political while defending the viability of the union of liberalism and democracy.

Keywords: Liberalism, Democracy, Constitutionalism, Carl Schmitt

Suggested Citation

Bellamy, Richard and Baehr, Peter, Carl Schmitt and the Contradictions of Liberal Democracy (December 28, 2014). 'Carl Schmitt and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy' European Journal of Political Research , 23, (1993), pp. 163-85. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2543335

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Peter Baehr

Lingnan University ( email )

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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