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The Lesson of Carl Schmitt’s Realism

The Autonomy and the Primacy of the Political

Attila Gyulai

Political realism claims that politics should be understood as politics and not as a derivative of any other field of human activity. While contemporary realists often argue for the autonomy of politics, this article suggests that only the primacy of politics can be the starting point of political realism. The aim of the article is to expose a conceptual deficiency, namely, the unclear difference between the autonomy and the primacy approach in contemporary realist theory by going back to Carl Schmitt’s contribution to political realism. It will be argued that Schmitt’s concept of the political foreshadowed the ambiguities of contemporary realist theory, exemplified by key authors such as Bernard Williams, Raymond Geuss and Mark Philp.

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Andrei Markovits, Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007).

Reviewed by Jeffrey Anderson

Norman J. W. Goda, Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Reviewed by Anne Sa’adah

Sheri Berman, The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe’s Twentieth Century Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Reviewed by Susan E. Scarrow

Lars Rensmann, Demokratie und Judenbild: Antisemitismus in der politischen Kulturder Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2005).

Reviewed by Andrei S. Markovits

Brian Currid, A National Acoustics: Music and Mass Publicity in Weimar and Nazi Germany (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006).

Reviewed by Celia Applegate

Steven E. Aschheim, Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007).

Reviewed by Tobias Brinkmann

Pieter M. Judson, Guardians of the Nation: Activists on Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006).

Reviewed by Ian Reifowitz

Suzanne Marchand and David Lindenfeld, eds., Germany at the Fin de Siècle: Culture, Politics, and Ideas (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2004).

Reviewed by Steven Beller

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Eugene N. Anderson, Jodie Asselin, Jessica diCarlo, Ritwick Ghosh, Michelle Hak Hepburn, Allison Koch, and Lindsay Vogt

, however, in two ways: centralizing the “primacy of politics,” and impressing a need for universal basic services alongside massive public investments into research and development. Symons wages an intellectual battle against “green thinking” or the

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Methodology Matters in Iran

Researching Social Movements in Authoritarian Contexts

Paola Rivetti

allowed a state of exception and strengthened the regime’s authority. Under such conditions, religion served this same purpose, consolidating the institutions created after the revolution and fortifying the central power of the state. The primacy of

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A Few Bad Apples or the Logic of Capitalism?

Neoliberal Globalization in the Economic Crime Drama Since the Millennial Turn

Sabine von Dirke

categories rather than with the law.” 14 Not surprising for a man of the law, he views the judicial power institutionalized in the Rechtsstaat (state of law) together with the legislature as the crucial foundation for maintaining the primacy of politics

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Pegida in Parliament?

Explaining the Failure of Pegida in Austria

Farid Hafez

. (Thousand Oaks, 2012), 196. 6 Alexander L. George and Andrew Bennett, Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (Cambridge, 2005), 120. 7 Kurt Richard Luther, “Austrian populism and the not-so-great Recession. The primacy of politics

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Feminisms and Politics in the Interwar Period

The Little Entente of Women (1923–1938)

Katerina Dalakoura

primacy of political rights and suffrage, and the connection to the “political”), as it also was in the Balkans and Central Europe. During this period, various feminist organizations were established (more than one in each country) and became connected to

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The Impact of Islamist Ideology on Turkish Foreign Policy and Its Casualty

Turkish-Israeli Relations

Umut Uzer

seabed exploration in the eastern Mediterranean. 44 In other words, one should be cognizant of the primacy of political considerations as they trump economic variables in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Conclusion: Reconciliation on