Günter Frankenberg, Professor of Public Law, Legal Philosophy and Comparative Law, Goethe University, Germany and IGLP advisory council and core faculty member at IGLP: The Workshop in Doha, is pleased to announce the release of this book, “Political Technology and the Erosion of the Rule of Law: Normalizing the State of Exception” (Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law Series)

Published by Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK * Northampton, MA USA – 2014

Description (from Elgaronline):

“This timely volume by distinguished scholar Günter Frankenberg offers a sophisticated analysis and sharp critique of the reactions of nations such as the US, Great Britain and Germany to perceived terrorist threats, organized crime actions and other political emergencies that have occurred in recent years. The author demonstrates how governments have increasingly sacrificed the rule of law and human rights for the benefit of security programs – as evidenced by a rise in extraordinary measures such as surveillance, detention and torture – thus normalizing the state of exception and privileging preemptive, proactive and coercive methods of political engineering. An interdisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional study, this book develops and implements a unique theoretical and conceptual framework for understanding the rise of technical-political rationality and the fall of the rule of law, and submits both to a firm critique. Particularly relevant in light of current controversies, this provocative book will appeal to scholars and students of international and constitutional law, legal theory, political science, and terrorism.”

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