Department of Political Science

Gorm Harste

Fra statsræson til magtdelt retsstat: Læreprocesser i europæisk statsdannelse

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From Reason of State to Rule of Law. Learning Processes in European State-Building. France and Prussia


The aim of the article is to demonstrate how legal rationalisation was part of state-building processes in early modern Europe. The point is less to make legal history as to demonstrate the political and organisational impact. Historical sociology surely is right in its demonstration of military processes of an evolutionary and even revolutionary character, But there is, mainly in Anglo Saxon traditions a neglect of the complex character of the functional differentiation that took place between Richelieu's raison d'État and the separated powers of the Rechtsstaat of the Enlightenment. The article especially focuses on the legal reforms in France and in Prussia during the early Enlightenment in order to dissolve learning processes in this transition.

Original languageDanish
JournalPolitica - Tidsskrift for politisk videnskab
Pages (from-to)425-441
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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