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70 Jahre Marginalien des deutschen Staatsrechts Nachschau auf ein vergessenes Kapitel der Nachkriegspublizistik

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Seventy years ago, shortly after the Second World War, the newly re-established Public Law Quarterly (AöR) – Germany's most renowned public law journal, then as now – started exploring a new publishing format. Unlike most (maybe all) law journals at the time, the Quarterly began inviting "short, substantial, and trenchant 'marginals' on current issues and developments", in order to let legal scholars "comment critically on current affairs in state and administration". This format, conducive as it was to informal quips, humorous commentary or even biting satire, was later taken up by other law journals. In the Public Law Quarterly, it bore plenty of fruit as early as 1948 and in subsequent years: A total of 76 such "marginals" were penned by 40 different authors – amongst them some of the most renowned public law scholars of later years, including Hans Peter Ipsen, Otto Bachof, Josef Isensee, Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, and Günter Dürig. Until, in 1972, the "experiment" ended as suddenly as silently, after already suffering an earlier hiatus of nearly ten years. The present review traces the history of the Public Law Quarterly's "marginals", and surveys each of them with an eye to current issues in public law. Much can be learned about the past and present of the German post-war polity, and timeless wisdoms recovered from the treasure trove of bygone miscellany.
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Language: German

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 01 April 2018

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  • Founded in 1886. Dealing with all aspects of public law (mainly German).

    Language: German.

    Seit 1886. Das Archiv des öffentlichen Rechts (AöR) behandelt alle Probleme und Aspekte des öffentlichen Rechts (hauptsächlich der Bundesrepublik Deutschland). Es erscheint vierteljährlich.

    Das AöR will den Zusammenhang der einzelnen Bereiche des öffentlichen Rechts aufrecht erhalten. Die Zeitschrift verfolgt die Entwicklung der Staatsrechtslehre und die Praxis des Verfassungs- und Verwaltungsrechts bis hin zum Völker- und Staatskirchenrecht in Abhandlungen namhafter Autoren, in Berichten über Gesetzgebung und Rechtsprechung und in Rezensionen aktueller Veröffentlichungen.

    Das AöR wendet sich an Wissenschaftler und Praktiker des Öffentlichen Rechts an Hochschulen, oberen Gerichten, Behörden und in Anwaltskanzleien. Die Beiträge werden in deutscher Sprache veröffentlicht.

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