The Defence of Constitutionalism

Or the Czech Question in Post-National Europe

Jirí Pribán

The Defence of Constitutionalism

Jirí Pribán

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Translated by Stuart Hoskins
280 pages | 6 x 8
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9788024634234 Will Publish December 2017 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
More than a century after the publication of Czech politician Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk’s study The Czech Question, Czech politics—instead of the nation’s historical struggle for survival and independence—has become a pragmatic question of democratic constitutionalism and civility. Originally published in major Czech newspapers, these essays on contemporary European politics demonstrate that this new understanding involves both technical questions of power making and critical questions of its meaning. Democracy, Přibáň shows, is the process of permanent self-correction. It possesses both the capacity to respond to unexpected problems and crises and intrinsic tensions between principled arguments and everyday administrative processes. Defending constitutionalism, therefore, draws on principles of civil rights and freedoms, limited government, and representative democracy, the validity and persuasive force of which are at stake not only in the Czech Republic, but also in the post-national European Union and our global society at large.
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