Emergency Powers

John Ferejohn and Pasquale Pasquino

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Emergency Powers


This article describes the main conceptual questions entailed in the doctrine of emergency powers, taking into account the theory and experience of their enforcement. It explains the constitutional aspects of emergency powers and evaluates the possibility of thinking about the position and force emergency powers play within a polyarchical constitution. It also discusses the epistemic dimension of emergency powers, constitutional dualism, and judicial control over emergency power.

Keywords: emergency powers; constitutional aspects; polyarchical constitution; epistemic dimension; constitutional dualism; judicial control

Article.  6627 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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