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Hugo Preuss, German political thought and the Weimar constitution.

Stirk, P. M. R. (2002) 'Hugo Preuss, German political thought and the Weimar constitution.', History of political thought., 23 (3). pp. 497-516.

Abstract

The reputation of Hugo Preuss has been tainted by the failure of the Weimar Republic, whose constitution he drafted. Preuss has consequently been comparatively neglected in the history of German political thought and some have seen him as trapped in the conceptual world of the German monarchical state. This article argues against that view of Preuss, and against the same view of Robert Redslob who influenced him at a crucial stage. It also argues that Preuss had good democratic reasons for advocating a directly elected president and that the later problems with the German presidency were a product of subsequent reinterpretation of the role of the president, which was contrary to Preuss's intentions.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Germany, Politics, President, Presidency, Robert Redslob.
Full text:PDF - Published Version (115Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/imp/hpt/2002/00000023/00000003/323
Publisher statement:Copyright (c) Imprint Academic 2005. For personal use only -- not for reproduction.
Record Created:02 Jul 2008
Last Modified:17 Jun 2011 09:28

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