Niklas Luhmann’s Theory of Politics and Law

  • Michael King
  • Chris Thornhill

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Michael King, Chris Thornhill
    Pages 1-34
  3. Michael King, Chris Thornhill
    Pages 35-68
  4. Michael King, Chris Thornhill
    Pages 69-128
  5. Michael King, Chris Thornhill
    Pages 129-181
  6. Michael King, Chris Thornhill
    Pages 182-202
  7. Michael King, Chris Thornhill
    Pages 203-225
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 226-266

About this book


Niklas Luhmann's social theory stands in direct opposition to the dominant 'anthropocentric' traditions of legal and political analysis. King and Thornhill now offer the first comprehensive, critical examination of Luhmann's highly original theory of the operations of the legal and political systems. They describe how from the perspective of his 'sociological enlightenment' Luhmann continually calls to account the certainties, the ambitions and rational foundations of The Enlightenment and the idealized versions of law and politics which they have produced.


law Niklas Luhmann politics social theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael King
    • 1
  • Chris Thornhill
    • 2
  1. 1.Law DepartmentBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK
  2. 2.German DepartmentKing’s College LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4039-9801-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50358-8
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