Benjamin Constant and Carl Schmitt Go to Russia

Author: Gligorov, V.

Source: Constitutional Political Economy, Volume 8, Number 4, 1997 , pp. 271-282(12)

Publisher: Springer

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The paper discusses the constitutional theories of Benjamin Constant and Carl Schmitt on the role of sovereign power. It than discusses the Russian 1993 constitution to show that in this respect it is closer to Schmitt's ideas rather than Constant's. Finally, the understanding of the role of supreme power in the current Russian transformation by the Western advisers is criticised and some speculative thoughts on Russia perception of authority are offered.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: The Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies, Oppolzergasse 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Publication date: January 1, 1997

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