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Frank Schale, Lisa Klingsporn & Hubertus Buchstein

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 7: Otto Kirchheimer: Capitalist State, Political Parties and Political Justice

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Otto Kirchheimer: Capitalist State, Political Parties and Political Justice
Otto Kirchheimer: Capitalist State, Political Parties and Political Justice
Frank Schale Lisa Klingsporn Hubertus Buchstein
Biographical Sketch

Otto Kirchheimer worked at the exiled Frankfurt Institute of Social Research in Paris and New York between 1934 and 1943. This was a crucial period of time for Kirchheimer, as well as for the Frankfurt School in general.1 John H. Herz and Erich Hula have rightly stated that Otto Kirchheimer ‘was no systematic thinker’ (Herz and Hula, 1969: ix). The wide intellectual range of his work does not rest on an overarching theoretical basis. Kirchheimer’s focus was rather on current political problems. Nevertheless, the originality of his Weimar writings, his contributions ...

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