Absolute concept of the constitution (the constitution as unified whole) Relative concept of the constitution (the constitution as a multitude of individual laws) The positive concept of the constitution (the constitution as the complete decision over the type and form of the political unity) Ideal concept of the constitution ("constitution" in an exemplary sense, thus named because of a certain content) The meanings of the term "basic law," basic norm or Lex fundamentalis (summarizing overview) Origin of the constitution The constitution as contract (the genuine constitutional contract) The constitution-making power Legitimacy of a constitution Consequences of the theory of the constitution-making power, of the people's constitution-making power in particular Concepts derived from the concept of the constitution (constitutional change, statutory violation of the constitution, constitutional suspension, constitutional dispute, high treason) The principles of the Bourgeois Rechtsstaat The Rechtsstaat concept of law The basic rights Separation (so-called division) of powers Bourgeois Rechtsstaat and political form The theory of democracy, fundamental concepts The people and the democratic constitution Consequences of the political principle of democracy Application of the political principle of democracy to individual areas of state life Boundaries of democracy The theory of monarchy Aristocratic elements in modern Bourgeois-Rechtsstaat constitutions The parliamentary system Historical overview of the development of the parliamentary system Overview of the possibilities for the formation of the parliamentary system The parliamentary system of the Weimar constitution Dissolution of Parliament Fundamental concepts of a constitutional theory of the federation Consequences of the fundamental concepts of the constitutional theory of the federation Appendix: The Weimar constitution.
Translated from the German.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.