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Title: Machiavelli and constituent power: the revolutionary foundation of modern political thought
Authors: Del Lucchese, F
Keywords: Machiavelli;Constituent Power;Law;Conflict;Social Order
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: European Journal of Political Theory, (2014)
Abstract: This paper considers Niccolò Machiavelli’s contribution to a theory of constituent power. Modern authors who have analysed the concept of constituent power generally agree on its ambiguous, paradoxical, and apparently contradictory essence. With few exceptions, Machiavelli is absent from both the historical reconstructions of and the theoretical debates on the origin of constituent power. My argument is built around two main theses: Reintroducing Machiavelli to the debate on constituent power offers an original response to the theoretical fallacies and inconsistencies identified by modern scholars. In particular, Machiavelli’s philosophy contributes to the comprehension of constituent power as a living force within social order. My second thesis is that by tracing the source of constituent power back to Machiavelli, we can overcome the main theoretical problem implied by this concept, namely the problem of the priority of the factual or the juridical, by providing a vision that emphasizes their immanent coexistence.
ISSN: 1741-2730
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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