Head of State of Exception
Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
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Balz, H. (2018). Head of State of Exception. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 28 (4), 469-483. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41358-018-0145-0
During the escalation of the “German Autumn” in 1977 the Federal German government resorted to a specific form of crisis management that had been described as an undeclared state of exception. It was Federal chancellor Helmut Schmidt in the first place who oversaw the anti-terrorist measures in the situation room where the executive branch ruled for six weeks beyond any parliamentary control. This article examines the role that Helmut Schmidt had played for the creation of a “subjective state of exception” (Julius Hatschek) and how this could be seen as stemming from Schmidt’s earlier experiences and handling of crisis situations dating back to the 1960s. In this regard it has to be asked with Giorgio Agamben, if in the West German case, the state of exception had become the rule.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41358-018-0145-0
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/287151