Militant Democracy – Political Science, Law and Philosophy

  • Afshin Ellian
  • Bastiaan Rijpkema

Part of the Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations book series (PPCE, volume 7)

About this book


This volume offers an up-to-date overview of the much-debated issue of how a democracy may defend itself against those who want to subvert it. The justifications, effectiveness and legal implications of militant democracy are discussed by addressing questions as: How can militant democracy measures such as party bans be justified? Why is it that some democracies ban antidemocratic parties? Does militant democracy succeed in combatting right-wing extremism? And is militant democracy evolving into an internationalized legal and political concept?

Bringing together experts and perspectives from political science, law and philosophy, this volume advances our understanding of the current threats to democracy, a political system once thought almost invincible. It is especially timely in the light of the rise of illiberal democracy in the EU, the increasingly authoritarian rule in Turkey, the steady shift to autocracy in Russia and the remarkable election of Trump in the US.


Philosophical justification for militant democracy Political-philosophical justification for militant democracy Legal implications of militant democracy Militant democracy Religious freedom Types of militant democracy Banning of antidemocratic parties Combatting right-wing extremism Political science and philosophy Right-wing populism and extremism in the democracies of the EU Threats to democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Afshin Ellian
    • 1
  • Bastiaan Rijpkema
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of JurisprudenceLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of JurisprudenceLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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