Chapter abstract: The Introduction explains why it is worth reading Santi Romano’s, Carl Schmitt’s, and Costantino Mortati’s theories against each other. They advanced prototypical solutions to the problem of radical pluralism and how the state could deal with nonstate normative entities. Theirs were seminal reflections on the destiny of the state vis-à-vis the rise of nonstate bodies that rejected the myth of modern statehood and claimed jurisdictional and legislative autonomy. On one hand, these authors’ theories are related to each other as they recognize that the proliferation of normativity is an intrinsic dynamic of social life. On the other, they came to altogether different conclusions on how this dynamic should be governed in order for a political community to come into existence and continue to exist. The Introduction finally elucidates why and in what sense these eminent versions of classic legal institutionalism are key to understanding today’s pluralism.
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