'... Kalyvas excels in his depth and insight into the work of the three scholars he has studied ... as a step toward advancing a coherent theory of extraordinary politics, [this book] is an important, fascinating and highly illustrative read.' Political Studies Review
Preface: the extraordinary and political theory Part I. Charismatic Politics and the Symbolic Foundations of Power: Max Weber: 1. Revisiting Weber's concept of the political 2. Charismatic politics 3. Disavowing charismatic politics Part II. The Exception and Constitutional Politics: Carl Schmitt: 4. The popular constituent sovereign and the 'pure' theory of democratic legitimacy 5. Toward a theory of democratic constitutionalism 6. The extra-institutional sovereign Part III. Taming the Extraordinary: Hannah Arendt: 7. Extraordinary beginnings I: Arendt's critique of Schmitt 8. Extraordinary beginnings II: Arendt's response to Schmitt 9. The republic of councils: beyond democracy and liberalism? Conclusion: a democratic theory of the extraordinary Bibliography.