Sciulli argues that the existing conceptual frameworks of political and social theory restrict both theorists and empirical researchers to a narrow definition of authoritarianism. This 1992 book focuses on government structure and fails to take account of forms of social control exercised outside the governmental sphere. Rather than define authoritarianism primarily by contrast to liberal democracy, Sciulli argues, we need to broaden our conception of authoritarianism to include 'social authoritarianism', referring to social control imposed by private organizations and institutions. Sciulli develops an alternative conceptual framework, which he calls the theory of societal constitutionalism. He explains how the theory can be used to assess whether social order in a society, whether democratic or authoritarian in political rule, is characterized by some degree of social authoritarianism. The book will be important reading for theorists in sociology, political science and legal studies.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 380
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
"...this is mandatory reading for anyone with interest in serious critical theory and not myopic about the Nazi version of modernity, with its criminalization of law and legalization of crime." Contemporary Sociology
"...David Sciulli has laid the first bricks for an alternative theoretical foundation to fit these turbulent modern times, no mean feat." David Knoke, Administrative Science Quarterly